WASHINGTON — While the world is focused on Syria and the rhetorical debacle of U.S. President Barack Obama, Latin America is facing further political turmoil.
Reuters reported that Colombia, a key U.S. ally and anti-drug partner in South America, could push to replace its current president Juan Manuel Santos.
Santos’ public approval rating has fallen to its lowest point since taking office in 2010 because of his non-response and denial of a farmers’ strike, which resulted in violence between Colombian police and the farmers. It also does not help that the Colombian government has not made enough progress in peace talks with the Marxist rebels of the group FARC.
In the latest poll, released this past Wednesday, only 21% of Colombians in late August and early September had a positive opinion of Santos. It is a far cry from the 48% approval rating done at the end of June.
Farmers have blocked roads and clogged transportation across the nation and there has not been an adequate response by the government, some believe. They complain that a recently-signed free trade agreement with the U.S. and their pact with Europe makes it harder for them to survive as farmers.
It worsens the political situation for Santos, who will have to decide whether to run for re-election this November for the upcoming political season.