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Colombia election: Polls close in first presidential election since Farc deal



  A boy helps his mother to vote in a polling station in Bogota during the first round of the presidential election in Colombia on May 27, 2018

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A The second ballot is largely expected

Colombians voted in the first presidential elections since the government signed a peace agreement with the Farc rebel group in 201

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Incumbent Juan Manuel Santos can not stand after two terms.

The main contenders are the conservative Ivan Duque, who opposed the peace agreement, and Gustavo Petro, ex-guerillero and former mayor of Bogota.

It is not expected that 50% of the votes will be won on Sunday. in this case, they will face each other in a run-off in June.

At 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT), the surveys were completed and counting began.

To cast his vote in the capital Bogota, President Santos praised the peaceful atmosphere in which the elections took place.

"For security reasons, not a single voting station had to be relocated," he said in a televised address.

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The vote took place under strict security

"It has been many decades since that happened, in other words, these elections will be the safest, the quietest."

President Santos, a center-right politician, tried to end the decades conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), the country's main guerrilla group.

The peace treaty signed in 2016 was reached after years of negotiations. But it was considered by many voters to be lenient and rejected in a referendum.

A revised agreement was approved by Congress later that year.

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Mr Duque, 41, has taken a hard line against former guerrillas

Mr Duque has promised to reverse some of the provisions of the Agreement when he becomes President.

He is an ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, who led the campaign against the agreement.

Mr. Petro, who goes back The deal would be Colombia's very first leftist president, if elected.

In the 1980s he was a member of the rebel group M-19, which in 1990 dissolved into a political party.

Correspondents say voters are much more concerned about economic problems in the face of the biggest civil war.

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Mr. Petro, 58, is popular with the poor and the young and campaigns against corruption

The candidates have been particularly interested in issues such as inequality, unemployment, housing and corruption.

Also eligible for election:

  • Sergio Fajardo, left-wing former mayor of the city of Medellin
  • German Vargas Lleras, a former housing minister
  • Humberto de la Calle, a government negotiator

About 100 international observers watch the elections.


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