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The Influence of the World Cup in the Colombian Election

On the blog Trayectoria Económica (Economic trajectory), Daniel Bustos writes about the recent presidential election in Colombia and analyzes a series of factors that, in his opinion, influenced the results. This includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil:

El sabado no fue un día normal en Colombia, primero porque volviamos a ver a la selección en un mundial luego de 16 largos años, un dia en el que por primera vez para muchos, veian a la selección en un mundial, un dia lleno de ilusion en el que todos y cada uno de los colombianos teniamos una gran ilusión y optimismo en lo que harian en brasil, y si, lo logramos, ganamos y por una amplia mayoria de goles esto desbordo el optimismo [...] al otro día algunos todavia con el optimismo a pecho [...] salimos a votar para hacer caer la abstención…

Last Saturday wasn't an ordinary day in Colombia. For starters, because we saw our national team in a World Cup for the first time in 16 long years, a day when many saw the national team in a World Cup, a day full of hope when each of us Colombians were excited and optimistic about what the team will do in Brazil, and yes, we did it, we won and with a great majority of goals and this caused the optimism to overflow [...]. the next day, some of us still optimistic to the fullest [...] we went to vote so the abstention wouldn't work…

He then wondered about the favors that President Juan Manuel Santos Luego will be expected to pay back to the alliances that helped push him to victory:

la gran pregunta es ¿Cuánto, cómo y cuando tendrá que pagar Santos los favores recibidos?, Santos hizo alianzas con toda la “izquierda” colombiana, de hecho parte de los votos que fueron determinantes en Bogotá fueron votos petristas, del polo y algunos verdes, es evidente que el presidente Santos tiene ahora una grandisima deuda [...] No alcanzaran los 4 años de gobierno para pagar la jugosa factura que le pasara la mal llamada “Unidad Nacional”,

The big question is, how much, how and when will [president elect Juan Manuel] Santos have to return the favors?, Santos made alliances with all the Colombian “left”, in fact part of the decisive votes in Bogota were petrist votes, from polo and some greens. It's evident that President Santos now has a big debt [...]. Four years were not enough to pay the fat bill that he has from the so-called “National Unity”.

You can follow Bustos on Twitter.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on Junes 15, 2014.

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