(July 4, 1952- )
Born in Medellín, Colombia
Graduated from University of Antioquia (1977)
Mayor of Medellín (October-December 1982)
Served as a senator (1986-1994)
Governor of Antioquia (January 1, 1995-December 31, 1997)
President of Colombia (August 7, 2002-August 7, 2010)
Why he might be annoying
His relations with Venezuela were highly strained because his ideas clashed with those of Hugo Chávez.
In the biography ‘El Señor de las sombras’ (The Lord of the Shadows) written by Joseph Contreras, he was accused of giving flight licenses to pilots who used to be drug traffickers (2002).
Some of his allies, including his cousin Mario, have alleged ties with the paramilitary group AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia).
He got into a diplomatic tussle with both Venezuela and Ecuador when Colombian troops entered the latter and killed FARC commander Raúl Reyes (March 1-7, 2008).
He attempted to run for a third term, but was forbidden to do so by the Colombian Constitutional Court (February 26, 2010).
Why he might not be annoying
He is highly popular in Colombia.
He allied with the United States by fighting drug cartels and communist rebels known as FARC.
He even supported the War on Terror and the Iraq War.
Kidnappings in Antioquia went down to 60% when he was its governor.
His father was killed by FARC forces during an abduction attempt (1983).
The same rebels tried to assassinate him by placing a bomb in a bus following his campaign convoy in Barranquilla (April 2002).
He sent a military expedition to rescue several hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt (July 2, 2008).
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For 2017, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 54 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 44 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 22 Votes: 59.09% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 129 Votes: 68.22% Annoying
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