Colombia’s Protests Could Create an Opening for the Center

By Leonie Rauls

As politicians on the left and right fuel polarization, signs of an appetite for centrist politics are starting to show.

After more than two months of social unrest, many Colombians remain frustrated. Thousands took part in a national strike on July 20, Independence Day, just weeks after a poll found that 84% of Colombians thought their country was heading in the wrong direction. Meanwhile, there’s a sense that politicians on the right and left, with an eye on the 2022 general election, are exploiting the unrest and deepening polarization. But a large chunk of the electorate appears unsatisfied with either political extreme, and if the election were today, half of voters would not vote or would cast a...

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