Colombian launches campaign, faints during speech
Sanin, a 52-year-old economist, was held up by aides after fainting at
Tuesday night. She recovered two minutes later and resumed her speech in the
convention center of the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena.
Sanin referred to leading candidate Horacio Serpa's past associations with
President Ernesto Samper, who was accused of taking campaign contributions
from drug traffickers in 1994.
"No to the thieves and bandits," she exclaimed. Serpa, who had served as
minister under Samper, responded to Sanin's comments by noting he had been
exonerated of any wrongdoing.
Sanin referred to candidate Alvaro Uribe, an independent like herself,
"candidate of the right-wing." She said Uribe wanted all-out war to wipe out a
37-year leftist insurgency.
Uribe, a former mayor of Medellin, is considered a hard-liner against leftist
and sympathetic to outlawed right-wing paramilitary squads.
Uribe rejected Sanin's comments, denying he is a warmonger.
Sanin, a former foreign minister, is running third behind Serpa and Uribe
ahead of the presidential elections next May.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.