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Santos re-elected in Colombian poll

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:47

June 16 - President Juan Manuel Santos vows to bring peace to Colombia after winning re-election. Sarah Toms reports.

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Supporters of Juan Manuel Santos celebrate victory at the polls. Santos won the run off for the Colombian presidency by almost 51 percent of the vote. He saw off his challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, who had 45 per cent. For Santos supporters, this victory is seen as a vote for peace. The president has been negotiating a deal to end the war with the leftist Farc rebel group and the smaller rebel group the ELN. The FARC conflict has killed more than 200,000 people, forcing millions more from their homes. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, SAYING: "Today's message is also for the FARC and the ELN and the message is clear, this is the end of more than 50 years of violence in our country and the start of a new Colombia with more liberty and more social justice, a Colombia in peace." But for his opponents there's little to cheer about. It was a close, bitter campaign. And many Colombians are outraged that FARC leaders could escape prison and even hold public office as part of a settlement. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OPPOSITION CANDIDATE, OSCAR IVAN ZULUAGA, SAYING: "Firstly, by my democratic convictions I must congratulate President Santos for his victory. Democracy is made up of this, we engaged in a battle of ideas of proposals and a vision for Colombia." Zuluaga's strong support in the election shows how tough it will be for Santos to win approval in a future referendum if a peace deal is signed and passes through Congress.

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Santos re-elected in Colombian poll

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:47