Santos

Taking a Look at Colombia's Peace Deal Post Plebiscite

boz (James Bosworth, Southern Pulse CEO): Hi everyone

boz: On 2 October, a plebiscite on the Colombian government's peace process with the FARC failed by a very narrow margin. The government and FARC had already signed the agreement and the FARC were moving towards demobilization. The past three weeks since the referendum have been a flurry of activity as the government has worked to rescue the peace agreement and the “no” side lead by former President Uribe has tried to figure out how to manage their stunning upset victory.

We’re going to chat for the next half hour or so about the peace process after the no vote and what it means for Colombia’s future. Let me start with the first obvious question: Will Santos be able to save the peace process?

Networked Notes - 15 Sept 2016

All polling shows the Colombia plebiscite is likely to pass by a significant margin. Still, the Santos government is not taking victory for granted. Sources close to the government suggest an ongoing press for votes to deliver a giant margin of victory if possible, giving the peace deal the largest possible mandate.

Cabinet Reshuffle Amidst Santos’s Declining Approval Ratings

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos’s approval rating has sunk to 24 percent, with an urban approval rating dipping to just 13 percent according to a March 2016 YanHaas poll. Santos, who began his first term with a 75 percent approval rating in August 2010, faces growing opposition during a time of low oil prices, high inflation, and a controversial peace agreement in the works.