Here’s how the results of Sunday’s legislative elections look, with nearly all ballots counted. The numbers don’t yet total up to the total number of legislators in each house, because the counting is not complete.
It appears that pro-Uribe parties will continue to have a very solid majority in both houses of Congress. Opposition and non-aligned parties’ share will remain about the same as they did in 2006.
A key part of the government coalition is the National Integration Party (PIN), many of whose members are related to, or from the same political groupings of, legislators imprisoned for ties to paramilitary groups. The PIN party, says Colombia’s Semana newsmagazine, was “designed in jail.” However, the La Silla VacÃa website notes, several other parties had candidates suspected of ties to organized crime and armed groups, and most of them won.
For the first time, two leaders of Colombia’s non-governmental human rights movement did well, both as candidates of the leftist Polo DemocrÃ¡tico party. IvÃ¡n Cepeda of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes was elected to the Congress, and Gloria FlÃ³rez of AsociaciÃ³n Minga was elected to the Andean Parliament.
Senate (102 members; 94% of ballots counted)Â (Source)
La U 27 (20 in 2006) – the party headed by President Uribe’s former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos, the front-runner in polling for the May 30 presidential elections.
Conservative Party 23 (18 in 2006) – the Conservatives also held a presidential primary pitting former ambassador and minister NoemÃ SanÃn against former agriculture minister AndrÃ©s Felipe Arias (known as “Uribito” for his loyalty to the President). The final result is not yet known.
PIN 8 - the party most associated with the “para-politicians.”
Liberal Party (center-left) 18 (18 in 2006)
Polo DemocrÃ¡tico (left) 8 (10 in 2006) – the Polo lost seats in part because of internal infighting, and in part due to the unpopularity of BogotÃ¡’s current mayor, Samuel Moreno.
Cambio Radical (center-right) 8 (15 in 2006) – the party of right-wing politician GermÃ¡n Vargas Lleras, part of the pro-Uribe coalition until Vargas Lleras broke away in early 2009. Many members of Cambio Radical defected to “La U.”
Green Party (center-left) 5 – the party of three popular former BogotÃ¡ mayors, Antanas Mockus, Enrique PeÃ±alosa and Luis Eduardo GarzÃ³n. The Greens also held a presidential primary on Sunday, which Mockus won.
MIRA (evangelical) 2
Chamber of Representatives (166 members; 90% of ballots counted)Â (Source)
La U 49 (30 in 2006)
Conservatives 37 (29 in 2006)
Alas Equipo 1 (8 in 2006) – a small party many of whose members were caught up in the “para-politics” scandal.
Liberals (center-left) 34 (35 in 2006)
Polo DemocrÃ¡tico (left) 5 (10 in 2006)
Cambio Radical (center-right) 15 (20 in 2006)
Green Party (center-left)Â 3
Apertura Liberal 2 – tied to DMG, a failed pyramid scheme
Unidad Liberal (regional / Huila department)Â 2
MIRA (evangelical)Â 1
Indigenous Social Alliance 1 – allied with center-left former MedellÃn mayor Sergio Fajardo, whose movement made a surprisingly weak showing.