Breaking news is that Socialist Gustavo Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla group that has pledged radical changes in the economy and society, was elected president of Colombia on Sunday, becoming the first progressive president to be selected in the nation’s history.
Petro defeated Construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez with an unexpectedly large margin of 716,890 votes. The two were close in the polls before the election.
Viral breaking news, Petro, the former mayor of Bogota’s capital city, Bogota, and the current senator are pledging to combat inequity through free education at universities, pension reforms, pension reforms, and high taxes on unproductive land. He won 50.5% to Hernandez’s 47.3%.
According to preliminary results, Petro could secure more than 50% of the votes. He rode an influx of support from Colombians seeking improvement in a nation struggling with extreme poverty. The senator, who is 62, beat out-of-the-way contender Rodolfo Hernandez. Hernandez is a millionaire businessman who received around 47 per cent of the votes in a race initially thought to be close.
The breaking news is that Colombia, the third-largest country in Latin America, has now become the latest nation to be left in a region devastated by the economic attack. Petro’s success within one of the oldest and most conservative nations on the continent is a fantastic illustration of how the widespread anger has changed the status established order.
Petro’s third presidential run and win have added the Andean nation to the number of Latin American countries that have been able to elect progressives in recent times.
Petro, the 62-year-old, said that the military beat him while they detained him over his ties with the guerrillas. Petro’s likely victory has top-ranking armed forces officials anticipating a shift.
Petro’s running partner Francia Marquez, a single mother of two and a former housekeeper will become the first African-American woman to serve as the country’s vice president.