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KU grad to be inaugurated as Colombia's president

Juan Manuel Santos, a graduate of the University of Kansas, will be inaugurated as president of the Republic of Colombia on Saturday in Bogota.

Santos, 58, graduated from KU in 1973 with degrees in economics and business, according to the school. He had served as Colombia's defense minister before being elected to a four-year presidential term June 20.

Santos is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was president of the South American country from 1938 to 1942.

The outgoing vice president, Francisco Santos, is his cousin and also studied at KU.

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