Looks Like Colombia Won’t Be Electing a Green Party President After All

An advertisement for Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus.

Just a few weeks ago it was considered quite likely that Colombia would elect the world’s first “Green Party” president. Now that probability has decreased considerably.

While polls indicated a huge surge for Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus prior to the first round of voting, his mainstream rival Juan Manual Santos captured a much larger percentage of the vote. On May 30, Santos received 46.6% of the vote compared to 21.5% for Mockus. Other candidates kept Santos from gaining an outright majority, triggering a run-off between Santos and Mockus that is scheduled for this Sunday.

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