Mockus congratulates Santos on winning Colombian presidential polls

13:13, June 21, 2010      

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Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus of the Green Party greets supporters during presidential elections in Bogota May 30, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo) Beaten presidential candidate Antanas Mockus on Sunday congratulated Colombian former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos on his victory in a presidential run-off.

The Green Party candidate wished success to Santos, now the president-elect, whose four-year tenure of office starts on Aug. 7.

Mockus polled 27.5 percent of the vote while Santos garnered a whopping 69.06 percent.

Mockus received the final results along with his family, his campaign staff and hundreds of supporters in the north of the Colombian capital.

"I applaud Dr. Santos, his party and all those who voted for him, wish him every success as governor for the good of our beloved country," Antanas Mockus said.

"We have two options - give up and justify the waiver or persist and learn from the difficulty," the former mayor of Bogota said.

The president-elect has extended invitations on several occasions to Mockus' Green Party to join the new government for national unity.

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