Let's Talk Politics

It's been quite the week here in Colombia!

Colombians went to the polls on Sunday for congressional elections and elected their past president, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, to Senate.

It's a really big deal. I'll try to explain why without boring you.

Uribe, Colombia's President from 2002-2010, created a new political party since the last elections and this new party was successful in winning 19 seats in the Senate on Sunday (there are 8 parties and 100 Senators).

Me with ex-President Alvaro Uribe in 2011

The equivalent would be like Bill Clinton creating a new political party, running for senate, winning and his party also winning about 1/3 of the Senate seats--becoming equally as strong as the Democrat and Republican parties.

Mostly everyone I've talked to is happy with the election of Uribe as a senator, as the work he did as President is a huge reason why Colombia is as safe as it is today. I don't hesitate to say that had it not been for what he accomplished in his presidency, I likely would not be living in Colombia.

And I just so happened to bump into him back in 2011 when I first moved to Medellín. I even have proof! 

As for me personally, I'm ecstatic. I think his election and that of his new party will bring a great sigh of relief to a country that has recently taken a few steps backward, speaking in terms of security and foreign investment. I think it will be great for tourism, commerce, and most importantly, safety.

Needless to say, they are interesting times here in Bogotá.

And with that, your Colombian politics lesson of the day.

I hope you have a wonderful week! 


Con Mucho Amor,

Melissa