Tag Archives: Colombia

Ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt to run for Colombian Green Party Presidential nomination

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

A spokesman for Colombia’s Green Party says famed former rebel hostage Ingrid Betancourt will seek to represent it in next year’s presidential elections.

Party spokesman Antonio Sanguino said Friday that Betancourt will compete in the party’s March primary.

She will vie against pre-candidates that could include former Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa and former M-19 rebel Antonio Navarro Wolf.… Read more ...

Green Party plays a large role in long ‘shakeup’ of Colombian politics

A bit of an update on Antanas Mockus’ surprisingly successful run for the presidency of Colombia, which ultimately ended in defeat in a second round runoff.  From Colombia Reports:

What is happening now is therefore a national process political self-discovery. Until now, the country’s politics has been a hodge-podge of the ancient, almost tribal rivalry between the traditional Liberal and Conservative parties, the ideological debates of the Cold War era, and the more recent Uribe-era controversies.

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Results expected in Colombian runoff by tonight

From Colombia Reports:

Colombia’s National Registry says it is fully prepared for Sunday’s runoff presidential election between Partido de la U’s Juan Manuel Santos and the Green Party’s Antanas Mockus, and that the world will know the outcome by 5:30PM.

“The results from May 30 [the first-round presidential election] has generated a lot of expectations.

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James Carville’s hypocrisy on BP and dubious ties to Antanas Mockus’ establishment opponent in Colombia

On Counterpunch, author Nikolas Kozloff examines American political strategist James Carville’s numerous forays into South American politics, including ties to BP and the establishment opponent of Colombian Green presidential candidate Antanas Mockus, who came in second with a bit over 20 percent of the vote yesterday.  Carville has recently been on American network news blasting BP for their oilspill near his native Louisiana, yet Kozloff talks about what Carville has done to prop up BP in South America (and they are now considering offshore drilling in Colombia, just to add to the hypocrisy). … Read more ...

Green Party results: Presidential Election in Colombia

Antanas Mockus is the Green Party of Colombia candidate for President. Election Day was yesterday, May 30, 2010. Mockus recieved 21.5 percent of the vote, and was in second place, qualifying him for the run-off election. Here are some articles about the election:

As reported at the Christian Science Monitor:

Polls had suggested that upstart Antanas Mockus was in a dead heat with Juan Manuel Santos in the Colombia presidential election.

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Nine candidates running in Colombian presidential election today, including Green front runner

From Al Jazeera:

Polls have shown Juan Manuel Santos, a candidate for the Unity Party and a former defence minister under Uribe, in a tight trace with Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of the capital, Bogota.

Although there are nine candidates running, Santos and Mockus have grabbed the most attention in the campaign…

From France24:

Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus,  former mayor of Bogota, is one of the front-runners for Sunday’s presidential elections.

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Colombian Green presidential candidate interviewed in LA Times

Posted by Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

From Charles Kraul at the Los Angeles Times:

Reporting from Armenia, Colombia — The surprise of the Colombian presidential campaign has been the surge of Bogota’s former mayor, Antanas Mockus, from nowhere to the top of voter preference polls in advance of first-round voting on May 30.

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‘Anti-candidate’ from the Green Party just might become Colombia’s next president

From AP:

More dramatic still: at least one new poll, released late Thursday, shows him likely to win the presidency in a second-round vote on June 20.

Mockus had a 50-44 percent second-round lead over former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos in the new poll by the Centro Nacional de Consultoria polling firm.

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High-profile Green presidential campaign in Colombia

Posted by Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

After surpassing expectations in recent congressional elections, Colombia’s Green Party has a high-profile candidate for president in Antanas Mockus, a popular former mayor of Colombian capital Bogotá. Recent polls placed Mockus third in a crowded field of candidates – Mockus polled at 9%, while the second-place candidate was at 17%.… Read more ...

Greens gain in Colombia and France

In recent elections, international Green Parties have had election victories in Colombia and in regional elections in France.

Posted to the GreenChange.org social network by a Green in Colombia (h/t to Green Party Watch):

Colombian congress has 268 seats; 100 seats for the senate and 168 seats for the equivalent of the house of representatives.

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