Category: World / October 3, 2012 3:48 PM EDT
Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos recovered after successful surgery for non-aggressive prostate cancer. Midway through his term, Santos, 61, announced he had discovered a cancerous growth. He said the disease had been caught in time and there was minimal risk.
The Harvard educated economist who took office two years ago, said earlier this week that he had a 97% chance of beating the disease. Santo’s recovery is likely to take about three weeks, with no need for chemotherapy.
Santos, a conservative whose policies have fuelled economic growth in the country, is about to start peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, whose Marxist-inspired insurgency killed tens of thousands in half a century.
A peace deal would help secure Santos a place in history.