Former Colombian government negotiator in peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Humberto de la Calle, announced on today that he wants to run for the country’s presidency in the 2018 elections.
“I made the decision to put my name at the disposal of the Colombians as a presidential candidate,” said Da Calle at a news conference in Bogota, when he said he would not ask for FARC support for a political proposal. But he did express interest in gathering a coalition of movements to back his presidential aspirations and “win in the first round.”
Da Calle, who for four years led the team created by current President Juan Manuel Santos in the talks that led to the signing of a peace agreement with the FARC in November 2016, said that he feels “capable of leading the country along the path of peace, dialogue, and ounity among all”.
He also said that he has “a debt of loyalty to President Santos” for having allowed him to participate in peace talks in Havana, but said he was “not exactly a member of the government” and “does not have responsibility for other Policies of the administration “.
“I feel at liberty to follow a path of transformation and change,” added Da Calle, who was been vice president of Colombia between 1994 and 1996, and interior minister and magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, among other positions.