Colombia's president to start new term, faces fierce opposition

August 7, 2014 5:48 PM

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Colombia's president to start new term, faces fierce opposition

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos will be sworn in for his second term on Thursday to face the formidable task of clinching peace with Marxist FARC rebels as a hostile opposition seeks to hobble any accord that passes through Congress.

Santos won re-election in June with the aid of leftist parties that back negotiations to end 50 years of war. In an unusual display of solidarity, they joined forces with the center-right Santos to block former President Alvaro Uribe's right-wing candidate, who had sought to scrap talks.

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