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Colombia VP Vargas to Resign, Former Police Chief Nominated as Successor

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos claps at an event where Colombia's Vice President German Vargas Lleras presented his office's annual report in Bogota, March 14, 2017.
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos claps at an event where Colombia’s Vice President German Vargas Lleras presented his office’s annual report in Bogota, March 14, 2017.

BOGOTA —

Colombian Vice President German Vargas Lleras has announced he will step down on Wednesday, fueling speculation that he will run in presidential elections next year.

President Juan Manuel Santos nominated former national police chief General Oscar Naranjo as Vargas’ successor, stating he wanted Naranjo to strengthen security and the drive to stamp out coca cultivation.

Vargas, a member of the center-right Cambio Radical party, has said he has not decided whether to run for president, but Wednesday is the last day a government official must resign to be eligible to compete for the presidency in 2018.

Retired general Oscar Naranjo, former head of the National Police of Colombia, reacts during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, June 14, 2012.
Retired general Oscar Naranjo, former head of the National Police of Colombia, reacts during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, June…

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