Colombia: Gustavo Petro is the new president-elect

Gustavo Petro, President-elect of Colombia.

The former M-19 guerrilla Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia, winning this Sunday in the second round of elections against Rodolfo Hernández, and will succeed Iván Duque.

With more than 95% of the tables counted, the leftist Petro obtains 50.51% against 47.85% of the “outsider” Rodolfo Hernández.

The left-wing politician obtained more than 11 million votes, according to the pre-count of the National Registry.

“Today is a holiday for the people,” said the new president.

Petro, and his vice president, Francia Márquez, will take office on August 7.

“Today is a holiday for the people. Let him celebrate the first popular victory. May so many sufferings be cushioned in the joy that today floods the heart of the Homeland. This victory for God and for the People and their history. Today is the day of the streets and squares”, was Petro’s first message, after knowing the result of the ballot.

Gustavo Petro was born on April 19, 1960, in Ciénaga de Oro, in the department of Córdoba. Graduated as an economist from the Universidad Externado de Bogotá, as a young man he joined the M-19, an urban guerrilla active in the 1970s and 1980s that demobilized after a peace agreement was reached in 1990.

From there, Petro gradually became a traditional politician. He started as a councilor in the city of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, where he moved as a young man. He then came to the House of Representatives with the Democratic Alliance M-19, political heir to the guerrilla and was a diplomatic attache for Human Rights at the embassy in Belgium. He was later elected senator for the Polo Democrático Alternativo in 2006.

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