|A campaign poster for a candidate for the Camara, along Calle 26 in Bogotá.|
|A mural in Bogotá memorializes the Union Patriotica party, |
thousands of whose leaders were assassinated during
the 1980s and '90s. The party was recently refouned.
Semana magazine doubts that Uribe's forces will be able to block the peace process. But that doesn't take into account the dynamic of popular opinion, which might turn against the negotiations. The new parliament will make the peace process more complex.
|'Firm hand, big heart.' A billboard in Bogotá for |
Alvaro Uribe's Centro Democratico Party.
As for the far-left parties, the Polo Democratico received 1-7% of votes in the Camara and even less in the Senado. The reborn Union Patriotica got even less.
And MIRA, the evangelical Christian party which has been mired in scandal and legal problems, received fewer than 5% of the votes, meaning that it loses its representation in the Senate.
As for the presidential election coming up in May, today's vote doesn't change much - if only because Uribe's Centro Democratico Party's candidate has no charisma.
The Green Alliance, with its confused ideology, elected ex-Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa as its presidential candidate, setting him up for yet another doomed campaign.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours