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Colombia’s Entire Free Market Model Is at Risk, Candidate Says

  • Presidential hopeful Federico Gutierrez speaks in interview
  • Gutierrez says Ecopetrol should move into fertilizer business
Federico Gutierrez during an interview in Bogota, on May 19.
Federico Gutierrez during an interview in Bogota, on May 19.

Colombian voters face a stark choice between radically different economic models in presidential elections this month, according to one of the top two candidates.

Federico “Fico” Gutierrez, 47, said he would run an investor-friendly administration, looking to trim deficits and regain Colombia’s investment grade credit rating.