Green Party of Colombia gains seats in congressional elections

Posted by Carlos Julia at GreenChange.org:

Last Sunday (March 14th, 2010) congressional elections were held here in Colombia. They had an interesting outcome: the rise of the Colombian Green Party as a significant political force.

The Colombian congress has 268 seats; 100 seats for the senate and 168 seats for the equivalent of the house of representatives. As far as I know, the Colombian green party only had one senate seat and no seats at all in the house. But that is going to change next July, because after the elections our number of seats in the senate went from 1 to 4 and in the house from 0 to 2… which is still low when compared to the big parties, but things are getting better. Thanks to our performance, we attracted a lot of media attention, which is going to be decisive when presidential elections come.

We also chose our presidential candidate Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá who successfully decreased the homicide rate in the city to 18 murders per 100.000 inhabitants. We hope he reaches the presidency, or at least gets enough votes to show the country and the world that we are a new option for the people concerned about the environment, education and corruption.

Dave Schwab

One Comment

  1. This Green Party is new.

    They certainly didn’t win any seats in either house of Congress in the election before last, they didn’t exist. I suppose it’s possible someone could have switched but more than likely I think you’re thinking of Ingrid Betancourt’s Oxygen Green Party, Betancourt herself was that party’s sole member in the Senate. That was many years ago though.

    Also, this Green Party claims to be centrist. They recently shorted their name from Colombian Green Party Option Center. That’s likely just rhetoric, however. Antanas Mockus and the two other former Bogota mayors who were running for the nomination are all left-wingers. The guy who came in third was previously a member of the social-democratic Alternative Democratic Pole.

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