|Pres. Santos looking leftward for his second term.|
He has lots of unlikely allies to thank for his victory - and now he'll be expected to pay them back. As a result, many of Santos's second-term policies are already set, and out of his hands.
|FARC Guerrilla fighters wave rifles.|
Santos made the peace talks his campaign's central plank, and if a peace deal doesn't happen, then Santos will seem to have betrayed his leftist supporters and his second term will look like a failure.
However, the pressure to reach a peace accord could weaken the government's bargaining hand.
|Santos's victory means Petro para rato.|
As a result, don't expect Santos to sign any more ousters of Petro anytime soon.
|Polo Democratico/Union Patriotica presidential |
candidate Clara Lopez.
Clara Lopez, who got 15% of the vote in the first round as candidate for the Polo Democratico and Union Patriotica, even made TV commercials endorsing 'Santos and peace.' She will insist on the peace negotiations continuing. In one of her commercials, Lopez also mentioned free university education. Let's see if that enters Santos's agenda.
|Bogotá's big vote helped put Santos over the top.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours