Gustavo Petro wins Colombia’s Presidency

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Gustavo Petro is the new president of Colombia for the period 2022-2026. The economist will arrive at the Casa de Nariño on August 7 after three attempts to reach the position.

With 98.22% of the tables informed, Petro obtained 11,115,965 votes, equivalent to 50.51%, while his rival, Rodolfo Hernándezfrom the League of Anticorruption Leaders, reached 10,391,504 votes (47.22%).

The bulletins show a constant increase in the vote for Petro, while that of Hernández grows at a slower rate.

The candidate on the left took the lead in the pre-count from the fourth bulletin and since then has been consolidating it.

It is the first time in the history of Colombia that a leftist politician is elected president thus breaking a tradition of right-wing and center-right rulers.

Petro will replace the current president on August 7 Ivan Duke with the challenge of uniting a country of 50 million inhabitants divided for political reasons.

The left-wing politician must also promote economic and social reforms to calm the discontent derived from inequality and poverty, in addition to meeting the demands to reduce insecurity in the cities and violence in rural areas where illegal armed groups dedicated to drug trafficking

*With information from EFE and Reuters.

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