Juan Manuel Santos has won over 50 percent of the presidential vote, beating out opponent Oscar Ivar Zuluaga in a run-off election in Columbia.
Celebrating his win, Santos says his second term will usher in an era of peace as he swept Sunday’s election with 50.95 percent of the vote.
According to Colombia’s electoral board, the figure was based on 99 percent of ballots counted. His opponent, Oscar Ivar Zuluaga, won roughly 45 percent of the vote.
Santos assured his supporters their choice would mean more justice and less violence in the South American country.
“This is the end of more than 50 years of violence in our country and it is the beginning of a Colombia with more justice and social inclusion,” Santos told cheering supporters. “In four years no one will regret having voted for us.”
The call for an end to violence referred to Santos’ goal of completing peace talks with the Marxist guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Violence from the armed conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives over the past five decades.