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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.