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Colombia's new President, Juan Manuel Santos, comes from one of his nation's most powerful families. His great uncle previously served as the country's President, while his cousin was once its Vice President.
Before moving into politics, Santos was an editor at the country's leading newspaper,
El Tiempo, which was once owned by his family. The 58-year-old Santos has also held several political positions, serving as Defense Minister under outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, as well as Finance Minister in the 1990s. He was the representative of the London-based International Coffee Organization as well, and has published several books.