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Colombia Local Elections

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The Evolution of Criminal Influence in Colombia’s Local Elections

The run-up to Colombia's local elections on Sunday has seen a drop in political violence compared to previous campaigns, but election monitors warn the...
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Cleaning Up Colombia’s Vote: The Government Response

Colombia's government is making more effort than ever before to keep criminals from winning political power in the coming elections, but it is up against serious...
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Despite Security Gains, Violence Stalks Colombia’s Elections

Colombia has seen 41 candidates killed in the run-up to the local elections, in an explosion of violence that does not bode well for the progress of democracy in...
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The New Political Face of Colombia’s Drug Gangs

Colombia's new generation criminal gangs, known as BACRIMs, have set their sights on infiltrating local politics, following the tradition of their predecessors in...