Monday, June 21, 2010

FP morning brief 6/21

Santos elected president of Colombia

Top story: Former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos has declared victory in Colombia's presidential runoff. Santos, who has pledged to continue to intensify the fight against the country's FARC guerillas, won in a landslide with more than 69 percent of the vote. Former Bogota mayor and Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus' Internet-driven campaign was unable to garner more than 29 percent on election day.

Santos was able to capitalize on the high approval ratings of outgoing president Alvaro Uribe. He was one of the primary architects of Uribe's popular and largely successful campaign against the FARC.

Unfortunately, election day was also marred by violence as seven soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected National Liberation Army guerrillas in northern Colombia on Sunday. In an unrelated incident, three soldiers were killed during a confrontation with the FARC in the south.

Oil spill: A report by the New York Times finds that lax oversight led to the failure of a crucial failsafe device on board the Deepwater Horizon rig.

Milestones: More than 300 British troops have now died in Afghanistan.

Middle East
  • Iran has banned two IAEA inspectors from entering the country.
  • Two car bombs detonated outside Baghdad's Bank of Trade, killing 26.
  • The city of Jerusalem is moving ahead with a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes to build a new tourist center.
  • Poland's presidential election appears headed for a runoff between interim president Bronislaw Komorowski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president.
  • Russia has begun restricting gas supplies to Belarus over unpaid debts.
  • Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has launched a new political movement to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • South Africa arrested six suspects in the attempted assassination of an exiled Rwandan general.
  • Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that security personnel had covered up the illness of former President Umaru Yar'Adua.
  • Human Rights Watch says that Zimbabwe has broken its promise to halt the abuse of diamond miners.
-By Joshua Keating


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