Former guerrilla and ex-mayor of Bogotá becomes new president in Colombia
Left coalition candidate Gustavo Petro received more than 50% of the vote, his liberal rival Rodolfo Hernandez just over 47%, he has already admitted defeat. Petro ran for president for the third time
In Colombia, the second round of the presidential elections was held, it was won by the candidate from the left-wing coalition “Historic Pact “Colombia Can” Gustavo Petro, according to the local newspaper El Tiempo.
After counting 99.86% of the ballots, Petro received 50.47% of the vote, his liberal rival (from the Anti-Corruption Rulers League) Rodolfo Hernandez— 47.27%. Francia Marquez, who represents the movement for human rights and environmental protection, became vice president under Petro.
The turnout was about 58%.
Hernandez has already conceded defeat in the election. “Today, the majority of citizens who voted chose another candidate. As I have repeatedly stated, I accept the result as it should be if we want our institutions to be strong,— he said. The candidate thanked his supporters and wished Petro “not to disappoint those who expressed their confidence in him.”
The first round of presidential elections took place on 29 May. Petro won over 40% of the vote, Hernandez — 28%, another candidate, leader of the right-wing coalition “Team for Colombia” Federico Gutierrez — 23%. The incumbent president, Ivan Dukeu, has already congratulated Petro on his victory.
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Gustavo Petro is 62 years old. As a student, he was a member of the radical left-wing partisan “April 19 Movement”, with his support in 1991 he became a member of the House of Representatives of Colombia (the lower house of Congress — the country's parliament). From 1994 to 1998 he worked at the Embassy of Colombia in Belgium, then again became a member of the House of Representatives. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Senate (upper house of parliament).
In 2010, he ran for president for the first time, but did not receive significant support (gained 9% of the vote). A year later, he became mayor of Bogota— capital of the country. At the same time, he began to strengthen himself as the leader of the leftist political forces in Colombia. In 2018, he re-participated in the presidential elections, entered the second round, but lost to the conservative Duque, who won 54% of the vote.
Among the political decisions that Petro plans to implement,— abandonment of oil production in Colombia; tax reform to reduce the burden on agricultural businesses operating with clean energy; government use of money from private pension funds, etc.
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