- Slow progress in implementing Colombia’s peace deal has led to dissatisfaction
- Recent elections gave an edge to those who oppose the agreement
- The economy is improving, but violence and inequality are rife
- Colombians might elect a president who changes the peace agreement
This is an election year for Colombia, as it is for half a dozen other countries in the region – Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay and even Venezuela. Colombians went to the polls on March 11 to vote for Congress and will do so again in May for the first round of presidential elections. (It is virtually assured there will be a second round, in June.) Who wins the presidency will determine whether the peace process, begun in November 2016, will move forward (and how fast), stall or fall apart. At this point, it is hard to tell what sort of country Colombians want. It is as if the achievement of peace after years of negotiations has left the public stunned.