31 October 2011

COLOMBIA : Ex-Rebel Petro Is New Bogota Mayor; Uribe Is Big Loser.


     Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro, 51, is the new mayor-elect of Colombia's biggest city...and the nation's second most powerful man.
    Petro won 32% of the vote after running a "zero corruption" campaign.
    He served nearly 2 years in prison for his rebel activities.
    As a senator, Petro uncovered a scandal that sent recent Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno to jail.
    Former President Alvaro Uribe's handpicked candidates lost 10 governorships while winning 6. Experts say the election results strengthen current President Santos' power.