Alvaro Uribe, 2002 News
lawyer, was elected president of Colombia in May. He promised to clamp down on drug traffickers and the left-wing rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has frequently kidnapped and murdered politicians. Grenade attacks on the presidential palace and a nearby neighborhood killed at least 14 people during Uribe's inauguration in August. Officials suspected FARC guerrillas were responsible.