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Three things to know about Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first leftist president


Elected President of the Republic of Colombia on Saturday June 19, 2022, the socialist Gustavo Petro became the first leftist to lead the country. He embodies a change in a country traditionally dominated by the right.

Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro won the presidential election this Sunday, June 19 in Colombia to the detriment of real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernandez.

The one who campaigned by promising deep economic and social changes won 50.5% of the votes cast against 47.3% for his rival.

During his election campaign, he and his competitor bet on an “anti-establishment” discourse. Gustavo Petro favoring a “progressive” and social vision. He wants to fight poverty in the country. Here are 3 things to know about the new Colombian president.

A guerrilla past

Ex-mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, aged 62, is a former far-left guerrilla who converted to social democracy. Before embracing a career in politics, he experienced prison for possession of weapons indicates France 24.

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He had joined the urban guerrilla group M-19 at the age of 17 before being captured by the army in 1985. He spent almost two years behind bars.

Upon his release, the M-19 signed a peace accord with the government in 1990. Since then, he has gained political experience as a lower house deputy, senator and mayor.

It was his third presidential candidacy

Before winning the 2022 presidential election, Gustavo Petro tried his luck twice before, without success.

CNEWS reports that “a significant part of the country is frightened by its far-left past”. A history that may have cost him his previous attempts at the presidential election.

Tribune of the fight against inequalities

At the heart of his program, Gustavo Petro has planned to strengthen the state, make the richest pay by reforming taxes and changing the pension system. The former mayor also promised to fight against inequalities, in particular by making university studies free.

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Under his presidency, France Marqueza single mother and former housekeeper, will become the first Afro-Colombian woman to become the country’s vice-president.

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