Juan Guaidó expects Gustavo Petro to maintain the "protection" to Venezuelans in Colombia

The leader of the opposition Venezuela Juan Guaido expressed this Sunday that he hopes that the leftist Gustavo Petrowho won the presidential elections of Colombiamaintain “protection” for Venezuelans living in the Andean country.

“Colombia is today the home of 2 million Venezuelans who fled in search of a future. We advocate that the management of the new president Gustavo Petro maintain the protection of vulnerable Venezuelans in his country and accompany Venezuela’s struggle to recover its democracy, ”said the former deputy on his Twitter account.

Guaidó congratulated Colombians and recognized the “solidity” of their democratic institutions, “fundamental for peace and justice.”

“Venezuela and Colombia are sister countries with the same roots and historical struggles. In these years that bond has become closer, in the midst of adversity. We Venezuelans will always appreciate President Iván Duque’s support for migrants and the fight for democracy,” he said.

Colombian immigration authorities have delivered one million regularization documents to Venezuelan migrants since the implementation of the Special Temporary Protection Statute began a year ago, which aims to regularize almost two million Venezuelans in Colombia.

“Today we can say that one million Temporary Protection Statute cards have already been physically delivered to these migrants,” Colombian President Iván Duque said in a statement on June 1.

Gustavo Petro won the ballot this Sunday with 11,279,917 votes, 50.45% of the total, compared to 10,576,617 (47.30)% of his rival, the populist Rodolfo Hernández, with 99.98% of the tables informed in the pre-count of the National Registry of Colombia.

With this victory, Petro, a 62-year-old economist, will succeed the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, from next August 7, and will govern in the period 2022-2026.

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