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Uribe charges massive fraud in Colombia vote

June 16, 2014
Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is accusing his successor of committing what he calls "the biggest corruption in history" to win re-election in Sunday's vote.

Just moments after President Juan Manuel Santos' victory speech Sunday night, Uribe appeared on television and accused the incumbent's campaign of widespread vote-buying to achieve his 53 percent-to-47 percent victory over Uribe's hand-picked challenger.

The loser, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, made no such claims in a gracious concession speech a few hours earlier.

Uribe also claimed that leftist rebels had used armed intimidation against pro-Zuluaga voters.

He presented no evidence for his claims. Independent election observers did not report serious irregularities.

The Associated Press could not immediately reach senior officials in Zuluaga's campaign to ask whether they agreed with Uribe's accusations.



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