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Santos wins Colombia presidential run-off

06-21-2010 08:42 BJT

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Colombia's former Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos, has won the country's second round of presidential elections.

He claimed more than 69 percent of votes at three-quarters of the country's voting stations.

Santos, the candidate for the Social Party of National Unity, won ahead of former Bogota Mayor, Antanas Mock-us, who got about 27 percent of votes. In the first round, last month, Santos fell just shy, of the simple majority needed for an outright victory.

The 58-year-old economist, served previous Colombian administrations, as finance and foreign commerce minister. He's pledged to, bolster national security and help alleviate poverty.


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