Ex-Colombian President Belisario Betancur dies at 95

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia say former President Belisario Betancur, whose daring efforts to succeed in a peace cope with leftist rebels within the 1980s had been undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state safety forces, has died at age 95.

Betancur’s dying was confirmed by President Ivan Duque, who tweeted that Betancur’s legacy in Colombian politics and historical past can be “an instance for future generations.” The ex-president, who ruled from 1982-1986, died in a Bogota clinic.

Uniquely in Colombia’s elite-dominated political panorama, Betancur wasn’t the son of patriarchs however as a substitute rose to the top of energy from a spartan begin because the son of a poor farmer in Antioquia state. With with the help of scholarships he earned a legislation diploma and have become a journalist, economist and poet.

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