Ex-defense minister wins Colombian presidential elections

June 21, 2010 01:08


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BOGOTA, Colombia  — Juan Manuel Santos, who as Colombia's defense minister oversaw a major weakening of leftist rebels, won Sunday's presidential runoff election in a rout of an eccentric outsider.

With three-fourths of voting stations reporting, Santos had 69 percent of the votes against 28 percent for former two-time Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus, who ran atop the Green Party ticket.

In the first round last month, Santos fell just shy of the simple majority needed for an outright victory, taking 47 percent of the votes.

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