Sanin wins Colombian conservative candidacy

Former Colombian FM Sanin won the country's Conservative Party candidacy for May's presidential election.

Sanin wins Colombian conservative candidacy

Former Colombian Foreign Minister Noemi Sanin won the country's Conservative Party candidacy for May's presidential election, according official vote results from the party's internal ballot released on Friday.

Sanin, currently the only female presidential candidate, will challenge front-runner Juan Manuel Santos in May's election and her candidacy could split the Conservative Party and divide the political alliance of President Alvaro Uribe.

Santos, a member of Uribe's U Party, promises to continue the president's security and pro-investment policies. He is leading in opinion polls but does not have enough support to avoid a run-off in June.

Uribe, popular for his U.S.-backed security campaign against leftist guerrillas, must step aside after two terms and he leaves six serious candidates competing to replace him as president of the world's No. 3 coffee exporter.

Sanin, a former ambassador to Britain, won 1,118,090 votes versus 1,080,313 votes for nearest rival Andres Felipe Arias, according to tallies with more than 99.18 percent of results counted.

Arias, a former agriculture minister, had suggested he could strike a deal with Santos to present a single candidate for the Uribe alliance.

But Sanin, who has run for the presidency twice before, said she would "go to the end" for her own party rather than joining with Santos and the U Party.

The results from the internal ballot were delayed since Sunday's vote because of polling station errors and technical glitches in transmitting data.

Sunday's vote took place at the same time as Colombians elected a new Congress in which the U Party and the allied Conservatives maintained their majority in both houses of the legislature. But the strong Conservative showing is prompting party chieftains to see a chance at the presidency.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mart 2010, 15:27
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