BOGOTA – Colombia’s vice president announced Thursday that he would resign later this month, presumably to pursue the presidency in the 2018 elections.
German Vargas Lleras, whose announcement was widely expected, said he would leave office on March 14.
The head of the center-right Radical Change party, who has not officially declared his candidacy but is expected to make that announcement shortly, needed to resign as vice president before taking that step.
President Juan Manuel Santos announced in January that retired Gen. Oscar Naranjo would succeed Vargas Lleras once he decided to step down and serve in that capacity for the remainder of his second term in office.
Sen. Jorge Enrique Robledo of the left-wing Alternative Democratic Pole party is the only official presidential candidate thus far.
The first round of Colombia’s presidential election is scheduled for May 2018.