American Choice for President of Colombia Quits Campaign 3/20/98

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Alfonso Valdivieso resigned last year as Colombia's chief federal prosecutor in order to run for the presidency of that troubled nation. Late last week (3/13) however, Valdivieso withdrew his candidacy after what has been described by the Associated Press as a "lackluster campaign". Valdivieso's candidacy had been welcomed by US officials concerned that Horacio Serpa will win the next Presidential election. Serpa, a close aide and the hand- picked successor to current Colombian President Ernesto Samper, is believed to be corrupt, with ties to major drug trafficking organizations. Samper himself has been accused by the US and others of taking over $6 million in campaign contributions from traffickers. Valdivieso has thrown his support behind Conservative Party candidate Andres Pastrana.

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