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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-10-10 01:18 AM
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Santos brings surprising change
Santoss efforts to improve Colombias foreign relations extend far beyond Venezuela. Whereas Uribe was known for focusing (perhaps excessively) on deepening Bogotas ties to Washington, Santoss first official visit was to Brazil, the U.S.s main counterweight in the Western Hemisphere. Notably, Brazilian President Lula da Silva is a leftist.

Santos has been similarly pragmatic on domestic policy issues, making active efforts to deal with challenges that Uribe neglected partly due to political and ideological concerns. Santos seems serious, for example, about returning lands stolen by right-wing paramilitaries to the peasants who originally owned them, something that the Colombian left has been pursuing for years. The president has also announced a major campaign against corruption that, if it fulfills its official promise, will lead to a massive purge of dirty officials (including many Uribistas).

He's doing a great job. Let's hope he can combat the rising crime effectively.
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