A new leader in Colombia

Composition of the Senate of Colombia by party
Ivan Duque, the winner of Colombia’s June 2018 elections, will lead a conservative coalition through his Democratic Center party (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • Colombia’s new president, Ivan Duque, is a young conservative and opponent of the FARC peace agreement
  • His supporters were unhappy with the accord and government failures on issues like crime and corruption
  • Strong domestic and foreign investment, coupled with continued economic growth, should help Duque accomplish his priorities

On June 17, 2018, with 54 percent of the vote, Ivan Duque was elected president of Colombia. Labeled a young populist, Mr. Duque saw himself as part of a new generation that could shake up traditional politics, leading the country to an economic bonanza and a reestablished political and social order. Much of Mr. Duque’s success was due to the backing of former President Alvaro Uribe Velez, now a senator. A considerable portion of the electorate, which supported Mr. Uribe and later Mr. Duque, was unhappy with the peace agreement reached with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and with the social unrest and organized crime affecting many rural parts of the country.

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