Colombia’s Santos wins re-election, to push on with peace talks

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President Juan Manuel Santos greets the media before casting his vote BogotaBy Helen Murphy and Peter Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won a second term on Sunday with an election victory that allows him to continue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas to end a half-century war. Santos beat right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga with about 50.9 percent support in a runoff vote after a bitter campaign that forced voters to choose between the incumbent’s pursuit of negotiated peace or a likely escalation of combat under his rival. At Santos’ campaign headquarters in Bogota, supporters danced, waved flags and chanted “Colombia wants peace” as music blared.