Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro is elected Colombia’s first left-wing president after defeating the rival of a multimillionaire businessman
Petro was elected president of crisis-ridden Colombia after defeating the businessman’s rival Rodolfo Hernandez after a tense and unpredictable election
He’ll succeed Ivan Duque, who has been barred from re-election
The 62-year-old former mayor of Bogota led unassailably by three factors
Former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro was elected crisis-stricken Colombia’s first left-wing president on Sunday after defeating the rival of millionaire businessman Rodolfo Hernandez after a tense and unpredictable election.
With 98 % of the votes counted, Petro, the 62-year-old former mayor of Bogota, had an unassailable lead of greater than three factors with some 700,000 votes greater than Hernandez, 77.
Petro will succeed deeply unpopular conservative Ivan Duque, who was barred from standing for re-election below Colombia’s structure in a rustic grappling with widespread poverty, an increase in violence and different afflictions.
Former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro was elected crisis-stricken Colombia’s first left-wing president on Sunday after defeating businessman rival Rodolfo Hernandez in an unpredictable election
He praised the “first in style victory” after his electoral success in opposition to the multi-millionaire businessman Rodolfo Hernandez.
“At the moment is a pageant for the folks. Let’s rejoice the primary folks’s victory,” wrote 62-year-old Petro on Twitter.