It is a historic vote. The opponent Gustavo Petro became, Sunday June 19, the first leftist president in the history of Colombia, with the ambition of “to change” a country in crisis and which has never known such an alternation. “We are committed to real change, real change”launched the 62-year-old senator on the evening of his victory, on the stage of a large performance hall in Bogota, in front of hundreds of his jubilant supporters.

“The government that will take office on August 7 will be one of life, peace, social justice and environmental justice”listed the next head of the Colombian state, alongside his family, his relatives and his running mate, the Afrodescendant Francia Marquez.

The future president is ahead of his opponent by 700,000 votes

Former member of a far-left guerrilla converted to social democracy, ex-mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro won 50.44% of the vote, against 47.31% for his competitor, businessman Rodolfo Hernandez , according to the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election on Sunday.

With 11.2 million votes in his favour, the senator beat his opponent by nearly 700,000 votes (10.5 million). Participation is 58%.


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