Santos Re-Elected Colombian President on Peace Talks Pledge

June 15, 2014 11:11 PM

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won a second four-year term in elections today, gaining a mandate to push ahead with peace talks to end a 50-year insurgency by Marxist guerrillas.

Opposition leader Oscar Ivan Zuluaga conceded defeat after Santos, 62, a former journalist who studied at the University of Kansas, won the runoff vote by 50.9 percent to 45 percent, according to the Electoral Council. Santos will be sworn in on Aug. 7.

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