Being a political leader is not so easy, as it is in this case for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. He is the president of a country who unlike other countries has a revolutionary armed group that has done nothing but terrorize Colombia since 50 years ago. As mentioned in the article “Colombian presidential candidate slams Santos’ peace efforts” written by Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta, the opposing presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga will try to give Colombia a solution and rank down Santos.
The presidential candidate Zuluaga who is now the main rival of Santos, has been traveling in order to gain support now that Santos has until November 25 to lead as a president. The government reached an accord with the FARC that had as a purpose to give the revolutionary group a political future, which is what Zuluaga wants to argue most. With words of a leader, he says “They can’t be awarded with political positions or seats in congress … With terrorism, the only thing we can discuss is submission, and if the FARC wants peace it should stop all criminal activity against our citizens.” An estimation of the guerrilas’ economic damage is of $360 billion, and Zuluaga will boost the growth, attract foreign investment, and support Uribe. He launched his presidential bid thanks to the support of Uribes’ Democratic Party and has to insist a lot to win the next presidential elections keeping in mind that many Colombians are against Santos.
Personally, knowing what Colombia has been through, I consider that Zuluaga has good ideas and good goals, but the fact that Uribe has done so many bad things including the “Falsos Positivos”, destroys my position to favor Zuluaga. The Falsos Positivos consisted in making farmers look like the guerrilla and then the army wiped them out to “show” that the guerrilla was being destroyed as it was all a lie and happened in the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.
In the other hand, actual president Juan Manuel Santos has not managed his position as he should have and the mayority of Colombians are afraid and insecure of such violence inside the Country. Not much has been done to actually solve these problems and even less now that all the political leaders’ prefer to steal and take corrupt decisions that affect society. I find that Zuluaga uses very wise words and words that are ussualy said by leaders and gathering enough information I can conlude that Zuluaga has high possibilities of being chosen as president and maybe dealing with the guerilla as it should have been done years ago.
(Writing by Helen Murphy; Editing by Philip Barbara)
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