ROCKED BY SCANDAL

SAMPER'S PRESIDENCY IS IN PERIL AS AN AIDE SAYS HIS BOSS TOOK CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DRUGLORDS

A year has passed since president Ernesto Samper Pizano of Colombia was first accused of taking millions of dollars for his 1994 presidential campaign from the cocaine-rich Rodriguez brothers of Cali--time enough for him to emerge as a strong and conscientious leader. A poll two weeks ago by Semana magazine gave Samper a 63% approval rating. Last week, however, all that trust came unraveled. Explosive allegations by a former close aide implicated Samper more forcefully than ever, and brought the survival of his presidency into doubt.

Media commentators made comparisons to Watergate and repeated the familiar questions from the 1970s scandal...

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