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Colombia's Santos faces reform block over rebels

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Two years after Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos took office, a bloody resurgence of left-wing guerrilla attacks and a botched judicial reform have cut into his once-commanding approval ratings, threatening plans for extensive economic reforms.

Santos's support in Congress has softened and he may have a weaker hand as he tries to push through key reforms like overhauls of the pension and tax systems.

Born into one of Colombia's most powerful families, the U.S.- and British-educated economist and former newspaper editor took office in August 2010 after a landslide election win.

Source: Reuters