Colombia's Parliamentary elections were held on Sunday (14 March) without major incidents being reported.
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Background: Colombia's Parliamentary elections were held on Sunday (14 March) without major incidents being reported. There was a festive atmosphere in Bogota as voters went to the polls. Despite calls for an election boycott by the leftist M-19 group, the turnout ranged from 43 to 67 percent, said to be an average for the last 25 years. But the winning Liberal Party of former President Alfonso Lopez Michelsen is now split by an internal power struggle. Dissident Liberal leader Luis Carlos Galan, after winning a major landslide in Colombia's most populated area, including Bogota, has announced he will challenge Senor Michelsen in the Presidential elections on May the 22nd. The split could benefit the Conservative candidate Belisario Betancour, whose party gained 41 percent of the vote, to the Liberals' 55 percent. The two parties have ruled the country between them since, independence from Spain in 1819. The congress and the presidency are now open to free contest, but a constitutional agreement still binds the two parties to a power-sharing scheme in the national and provincial administrations.