Gustavo Petro Wins Colombian Presidency

Gustavo Petro Wins Colombian Presidency

Felix Yim 19/06/2022
Gustavo Petro Wins Colombian Presidency

The socialist candidate Gustavo Petro won the second round of the presidential election in Colombia.

Petro's proposals - especially a ban on new oil projects - have startled some investors, though he has promised to respect current contracts.

He immediately said that his victory, the first for the left in the country's history, was "a day of celebration for the Colombian nation".Gustavo Petro became the first left-wing president in the history of Colombia on Sunday June 19, with 50.47% of the vote, according to official results covering 99% of the ballots counted. "

Petro’s showing marks a drastic change in presidential politics for a country that has long marginalized the left for its perceived association with the armed conflict.

Today is a day of celebration for the people. Let them celebrate the first popular victory," celebrated the senator and ex-guerrilla on Twitter. 

His opponent, the millionaire Rodolfo Hernandez, obtained 47.27% of the vote, a difference of nearly 700,000 votes, indicating these results published by the National Register, in charge of the organization of the ballot, on the evening of the second round on Sunday. . Rodolfo Hernandez for his part said "accept" his defeat.

This campaign was Petro's third presidential bid and his victory adds the Andean nation to a list of Latin American countries that have elected progressives in recent years.

Petro, 62, said he was tortured by the military when he was detained for his involvement with the guerrillas, and his potential victory has high-ranking armed forces officials bracing for change.

He has also pledged to fully implement a 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels and seek talks with the still-active ELN guerrillas.

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