President Juan Manuel Santos accepted Pinzon’s resignation last week, reportedly telling the media that he wished to step down “before being disqualified” from running -- May 24 is the cut-off date for public officials to resign if they wish to run in the 2018 election. While former Vice-President German Vargas Lleras had been considered a favourite for the presidency, a recent slip in his poll ratings has left the election without a clear front runner. Santos is ineligible to stand for re-election and the parties of his governing coalition, and the opposition Democratic Centre (CD) party, are in disagreement over candidate selection.
- Political campaigning will slow the pace of legislation, as congressional representatives shift focus to re-election efforts.
- The new government may become embroiled in disputes with local authorities, newly empowered under the FARC peace deal.
- The FARC’s political party will likely exert little influence over national policymaking during the next congressional term.