Government and Politics
Termed “a culture built on illegality and force” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Colombia still has a long way to go before it can truly be considered a democracy. Here, a Colombian policeman frisks a voter prior to the 2006 presidential election at a polling station in the central Colombian town of Guasca.
of effective national control. That is, linkages are weak and the government exercises little, if any, influence in such outlying regions. This is particularly true of the Oriente, which, for all practical purposes, contributes little to the country’s economy and is of little political importance. Natural Resources Unlike some Latin American states, Colombia does not have a wealth of natural resources on which the government can