Juan Manuel Santos

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos’ low approval rating recovers, but only slightly

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos continues to suffer abysmal approval ratings in the country’s cities due to ongoing dissatisfaction over unemployment, crime and a lack of progress in ongoing peace talks  Full Article »

Colombia declares war on illegal mining
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 31, 2015 1 comment

Colombia declares war on illegal mining

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday declared a war on the $2.5 billion illegal mining industry in the country.

Colombia’s health sector in crisis because paramilitaries robbed 185M: Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 30, 2015 1 comment

Colombia’s health sector in crisis because paramilitaries robbed 185M: Santos

Ignoring the embezzlement and misappropriation of billions of dollars by health care intermediaries, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday blamed an ongoing health crisis to paramilitary forces robbing $185 million  Full Article »

Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 28, 2015 2 comments

Santos warns FARC not to breach ceasefire

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned FARC rebels on Tuesday that any breach of their current unilateral ceasefire will have severe repercussions on the Havana peace negotiations. The guerrillas in  Full Article »

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 27, 2015 4 comments

Transitional justice in Colombia: A very sharp double-edged sword

Colombia’s peace talks are stuck on the subject of justice as both the FARC and the government fear the legal consequences of the tens of thousands of war crimes committed  Full Article »

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Peace talks opponents ‘want to sow discord in US over Colombia': Santos

President Juan Manuel Santos warned Colombia’s conservative opposition he will “under no circumstance allow” critics of peace talks with rebel group FARC to “sow discord” in the United States.

While Santos calls for unity, Colombia’s congress fractures further
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 21, 2015 Leave a comment

While Santos calls for unity, Colombia’s congress fractures further

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos inaugurated a new legislative year on Monday, calling for unity before a Congress that could arguably not be more divided over ongoing peace talks and  Full Article »

Santos says Iran nuclear deal is ‘another triumph of diplomacy over confrontation’
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos says Iran nuclear deal is ‘another triumph of diplomacy over confrontation’

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos praised a deal between Iran and world leaders that limits Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.

FARC must show ‘concrete commitments’ to peace for bilateral ceasefire: Santos
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jul 8, 2015 Leave a comment

FARC must show ‘concrete commitments’ to peace for bilateral ceasefire: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday that peace talks with the FARC need more progress before he would agree to a bilateral ceasefire.

Santos replaces almost entire command of Colombia’s armed forces
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 7, 2015 2 comments

Santos replaces almost entire command of Colombia’s armed forces

President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday replaced the leadership of Colombia’s armed forces following the appointment of a new Defense Minister and a human rights report condemning top military commanders for their  Full Article »

False Bogota bomb threat alerts spread for political gain: Santos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 6, 2015 1 comment

False Bogota bomb threat alerts spread for political gain: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that political opponents are behind hoax alerts about pending bomb attacks in the capital Bogota that went viral over the weekend.

Colombia govt threatens to imprison citizens who publish photos or videos of attacks
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 6, 2015 6 comments

Colombia govt threatens to imprison citizens who publish photos or videos of attacks

The Colombian government has come under fierce criticism after threatening to imprison citizens who publish audio, photos or video of terrorist attacks instead of surrendering this material to authorities.

Santos’ approval rating sinks to 28%: Gallup
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jul 1, 2015 1 comment

Santos’ approval rating sinks to 28%: Gallup

The urban approval rating of Juan Manuel Santos continues to sink. According to the latest Gallup poll, Colombia’s president can count on the approval of only 28% of Colombians living  Full Article »

Santos’ approval rating at 44% says Colombia’s most optimistic pollster
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jun 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos’ approval rating at 44% says Colombia’s most optimistic pollster

Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, can count on the approval of 44% of Colombians, according to pollster CNC that generally releases the most optimistic ratings compared to competitors.

Santos vows to invest $1.75B in schools to improve sub-standard public education
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jun 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos vows to invest $1.75B in schools to improve sub-standard public education

Colombia’s President Juan Manual Santos on Thursday announced his administration will invest $1.75 billion to improve Colombia’s education system.

Drug problem not Colombian, but global: Santos
Posted by Emma Rosser on Jun 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Drug problem not Colombian, but global: Santos

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos told attendees of the International Conference on Drugs on Tuesday that a new approach and a global consensus is essential to overcoming drug trafficking and abuse.