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Colombia's Santos hints he will run for re-election in 2014
May 17, 2013 / 2:46 PM / 5 years ago

Colombia's Santos hints he will run for re-election in 2014

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hinted on Friday that he would seek re-election next year to ensure continuity of his policies, though he did not explicitly announce his candidacy.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during the inauguration of the 26th International Book Fair in Bogota April 17, 2013. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Santos told reporters that he would make a formal announcement by the November deadline.

“I want clearly and firmly to see that the government’s policies continue after August 7, 2014,” said Santos, referring to the date a new administration would take office.

“I want the peace policy re-elected, I want the housing policy re-elected, those that have reduced poverty - re-elected.”

Santos also announced that Housing Minister German Vargas Lleras, who led a program to give 100,000 free homes to the poor, has resigned from the Cabinet and will run a foundation that helped Santos win the 2010 presidential election.

Reporting by Helen Murphy; Editing by Eric Beech

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