Colombian opposition party Pólo Democrático seems to be heading towards
a split in the party. Gustavo Petro, leader of the moderate wing in the
party left the Executive Committee led by the more radical Carlos Gaviria. Petro does not rule out breaking with the party completely.
The moderate congressman accuses minority members within the party they are forcing the social democrats to the more radical left and says FARC-friendly news agency ANNCOL increasingly is causing a rift between the moderates and the radical left in his party. Seven other members of the Executive committee left with Petro.
The senator, who’s never hidden his personal ambitions for the 2010 presidency, has earlier threatened he may leave the party and form his own social democratic party. He accuses the party of doing everything possible to only allow party leader Gaviria to run for president.