The Great Alliance for Change
() was a political alliance between parties in Colombia
during the Presidential elections
of 1998 that supported the presidency of Andres Pastrana Arango
against the campaign of Colombian Liberal Party
presidential candidacy of Horacio Serpa
, back then supported by the Presidency of Ernesto Samper
The alliance formed as a response to the unpopularity of President Samper caused by the "8000 process scandal
in which money from the Cali drug cartel
entered the presidential campaign of Samper and in which Serpa was also involved as head of the campaign. The alliance united the official candidate for the Conservative party, Andres Pastrana and a fraction of the Colombian Liberal party led by Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento
who had failed to win the party's nomination against Serpa.
During the Presidency of Pastrana
After the election, the coalition allowed more liberal politicians to join the Great Alliance for Progress, a move supported mainly by Néstor Humberto Martínez
and then senator Fabio Valencia Cossio
for the conservative party, in a moment when former officialism liberals were trying to gain a seat in the presidency of Congress of Colombia
and in its both chambers. Both chambers were won by the coalition as well as the 14 legislative commissions with some 60 senators and 90 chamber representatives. Surprisingly, and because of the coalition, Conservative senator Valencia-Cossio was elected by a liberal majority as President of the......