The Colombian Presidential election is now scheduled for a run-off, with the recent opening round solely serving to isolate the two leading candidates. The debate itself may naturally provide an opportunity for a number of politicians to advance their own careers, and potentially lead the nation in their own chosen direction via implementing their ideologies. Yet, it may more poignantly signal an opportunity for the masses to vote upon their own futures, with this possessing increased emphasis due to an agreement with the Farc group. Considering this election is the first since the Government signed the deal in 2016, it seems a monumental event, signalling a fresh start for the nation.
With the current incumbent President, Juan Manuel Santos, having served two successive terms, an opportunity has arisen for a fresh candidate to take the reins of Colombia, and lead them along a new pathway. As such, motivation for these candidates seems at their peak, with all perhaps striving to replicate Santos’ longevity in the role. Yet, they may also be able to potentially improve or alter areas to resonate with their own particular ideologies, and in turn cement their legacies. As such, this opportunity may be poignant for the candidates, and thus the importance of appealing to the masses may have intensified. The leaders seemed to adhere to this ideology, focussing on several key areas which may perhaps be prominent in the nation: employment, housing, and equality. Ensuring a candidate may resonate with all on areas deemed important might be a key trait required for the eventual leader, as people may be more willing to offer their support upon reassurance surrounding their future. Whilst the debates surrounding these areas may claim focus, one seemed continuously at the forefront of focus: the deal with the Farc group.
The two remaining candidates seem to have vastly contrasting views on the situation. Its importance may therefore be reiterated, with both sides of the political spectrum potentially striving to have their voices heard. Ivan Duque seems to represent traditional politics, and in consistently publicly voicing his opposition to the Farc deal, he seems to be appealing to the Conservative voters. His main rival, Gustavo Petro, alternatively seems to suggest the deal may be a viable option, and having also prioritised improving equality issues in the nations, may also be aiming to resonate with a wide array of people. The success of the agreement may play a key role in who ultimately wins the debate, and thus adaptability, and an assessment of the current climate, may be significant.
With Duque leading after the first round, it seems he may have produced the most proficient performance, and policies, across the nation. Petro may also be able to use this position to his advantage, with the run-off potentially providing an opportunity for him to reassess his campaign, and alter it to attain more votes. With the potential to become leader also becoming increasingly viable for the pair, they may be superiorly motivated, creating more policies which resonate with the masses. Both may also have other incentives in their quest to emerge victorious; for Duque, it seems to signal an opportunity to impact the population via nationalism, improving the economy and deals. Petro may be seeking to become the first left-wing President in the country’s history, and with both highly motivated, and therefore producing a higher standard of policies, the major beneficiaries may be the public themselves. As such, the two remaining candidates may attain the plaudits, with their efficiency, and capabilities as politicians, perhaps highlighting the reasoning as to why they have attained their position. Yet, it may be increasingly poignant to focus on the impact of the election itself, as whilst the ultimate conclusion may be an important catalyst for the future, other factors seem equally integral. With all voting stations remaining in place for the first time in decades, the election seemed to occur in peaceful circumstances.
While the debate may create differing political affiliations, all seem united under the cause of advancing the nation.
How might this election highlight the potential innovation required in Colombia?