FARC negotiations in Havana, strikes in the country, and the nagging sensation that Santos is more chavista than uribista,
Colombian President’s Approval Ratings Plunge Amid Nationwide Strikes
When the strike started last month, Mr. Santos said it didn’t have nationwide reach. But the strike, led by farmers who demanding government aid to deal with a decline in prices, also tapped into discontent among Colombian voters as the economy slows from several years of growth averaging 5%. About 77% of the 1,200 people polled in August said they disapproved of Mr. Santos handling of the economy, up from 49% in June.
Dismal, you say?
The last Colombian leader to have approval ratings this low was former President Andrés Pastrana, who tried to negotiate a peace agreement with the FARC for nearly three years in a demilitarized part of Colombia the size of Switzerland, allowing the FARC to regain strength as negotiations dragged until ending in failure in 2002.
Make no mistake, Colombians are making the comparison, which is why they’re not happy.
As for the negotiations, it’s been 10 months and so far they’ve only agreed on one thing.