By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter
Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, Colombian ex-finance minister has won the first round of that country’s presidential election, over incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos.
Both men fell far short of the 50 percent plus one needed to avoid a second round and will now face each other again on June 15. The election could decide whether peace talks with Farc rebels will continue. Mr Santos supports them as the best way to end Colombia’s 50-year-long armed conflict, but Mr Zuluaga prefers a tougher approach.
With almost all of the votes counted, Mr Zuluaga was ahead with 29.25 percent, followed by Mr Santos with 25.69 percent.
The other three candidates trailed at least 10 percentage points behind.