Colombian presidential candidate German Vargas Lleras holds his ballot before voting at a polling station, during the presidential election in Bogota, Colombia May 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga)
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For decades, Colombians voted with an eye on the bloody conflict with leftist rebels that dominated their country and politics.Leading the polls is conservative former senator Ivan Duque, the protege of former President Alvaro Uribe, the leading critic of the peace deal, but surveys suggest he is unlikely to get the more than 50 percent of votes required to avoid a June runoff.They put forward Londono as their presidential candidate, but he dropped out after experiencing heart issues.He said Sunday it was his first time voting in a presidential election.The election has sparked fears on both the left and right of Colombia's political spectrum, with Duque's critics cautioning that his presidency would be tantamount to a constitutionally barred third term for Uribe.Aside from the economy, Petro and Duque differ on the peace accord, which has been slow to be implemented and remains controversial among many Colombians who believe it granted overly generous terms to demobilized guerrillas.Vargas Lleras is pledging to create more than 1 million new jobs.
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