Thursday, April 27, 2006

Colombian Elections Primer

2006 is the year of Latin American elections. With the first round of the Peruvian elections gone (second still to come), the next big election in the region is that of Colombia. The Colombian elections are scheduled for May 28 and will see current president Alvaro Uribe running for reelection against Carlos Gaviria and populist leader Horacio Serpa.

In order to get familiar with the issues under consideration, the candidates, the way elections work and American interests in the region, go here. Mr. Teslik, from the Council on Foreign Relations, has written a very interesting and informative introduction to the forthcoming Colombian elections. Organized in the way of FAQ, all relevant points are easily explained and a lot of related pages are linked.

If this theme interests you, and you are looking for a place to start, Mr. Teslik's piece is highly recommended.

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