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Podcast: Ricardo Ávila on Colombia's Presidential Election

On this edition of "Deep South," the editor-in-chief of Portafolio explains why Colombia's next president will face challenges other than the peace deal.
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Polls show that most Colombians are more concerned with issues like corruption, the economy and urban security than they are with the FARC peace deal. That fact should inform the next president’s agenda, says Ricardo Ávila, Editor-in-Chief of Colombian business daily Portafolio and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of El Tiempo. In this episode of the Americas Quarterly podcast, Ávila explains why he thinks Iván Duque, the 41-year-old former senator widely favored to win Colombia’s second-round presidential election on June 17, will face a turbulent four years in office if he's elected. Ávila and AQ’s Brian Winter also discuss what role former President Álvaro Uribe would play in a Duque presidency, and how Gustavo Petro is already positioning himself for another presidential run in 2022. 

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