Colombia: Gustavo Petro, the first left-wing president


THE Gustavo Petros took place yesterday Sunday o first president of the left in its history Colombiacollecting 50.47% of the votes, according to the official results with 99% of the ballots counted.

“Today is a day of celebration for the people. “Let him celebrate the first popular victory,” the former rebel and opposition senator celebrated via Twitter.

His opponent, the eccentric millionaire Rodolfo Hernandez, received 47.27% of the vote, in other words, he lost by a margin of some 700,000 votes, according to data released by the National Registry, which plays the role of the national commission.

“Colombians, today (yesterday Sunday) the majority of citizens chose the other candidate. “As I said during my campaign, I accept the result of this election,” Mr Hernandez said in a video from his home uploaded by his team to social media sites.

“I wish Dr. Gustavo Petro to know how to govern the country and remain faithful to his word in the fight against corruption. “I thank all the Colombians who accepted my proposal, even though we lost,” he added sullenly.

“I called Gustavo Petro to congratulate him on being elected president of the people of Colombia,” said outgoing right-wing President Ivan Duque.

“We have agreed to meet in the coming days to begin a harmonious, institutional and transparent transfer of power,” added Duque, whose term ends in August.


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