Prospects and pitfalls for President Santos in Colombia’s 2014 elections

Small farmers are protesting at the Colombian government's policies (photo:dpa)
Small farmers are protesting at the Colombian government's policies (photo:dpa)

Colombia’s President Santos is facing challenges on a number of fronts. Peace talks with the FARC rebels are going slower than expected, the economy is performing less well than in recent years, his poll ratings are falling, and he is under pressure from small-scale farmers calling for agrarian reform. But with under a year to go until the next presidential election, no credible alternative candidate has yet emerged from the opposition.

<i>President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia is preparing to fight a campaign for re-election in May 2014 at a time when his popularity is plummeting. He had hoped peace talks with the FARC rebel group would have made more progress, and that h...

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