Colombia has elected former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro as its first left-wing president.
The former member of the M-19 guerrilla motion narrowly defeated actual property millionaire Rodolfo Hernandez, vowing to enact profound social and financial change.
Mr Petro, a former mayor of capital Bogota and present senator, promised to combat inequality with free college training, pension reforms and excessive taxes on unproductive land.
He received 50.4% of the votes to Mr Hernandez’s 47.3%, with nearly all ballots counted, in accordance with outcomes launched by election authorities.
Mr Hernandez had promised to shrink authorities and to finance social programmes by stopping corruption.
Mr Petro’s working mate, Francia Márquez, turned the primary black lady to be elected vice chairman within the nation.
The 40-year-old is a single mom, former housekeeper and lawyer whose opposition to unlawful mining resulted in threats and a grenade assault in 2019.
The election was held amid a backdrop of rising inequality, inflation and violence – components that led voters within the first spherical final month to punish long-governing centrist and right-leaning politicians and choose two outsiders for the run-off contest.
More than 42% of the nation’s inhabitants lives in poverty, in accordance with the World Bank.
Thousands rejoice within the streets
Mr Petro’s victory marks the tip of the left’s stigmatisation in Latin America’s third most populous nation as a result of perceived associations with Colombia’s half century of armed battle.
The 62-year-old was as soon as a insurgent with the now-defunct M-19 motion and was granted amnesty after being jailed for his involvement with the group.
He stated he was tortured throughout his imprisonment.
Mr Petro’s win has involved some traders as a result of insurance policies that embrace a ban on new oil merchandise – though he has pledged to honour current contracts.
“From today Colombia changes; Colombia is different,” Mr Petro instructed cheering supporters in a live performance enviornment in Bogota. “Change consists precisely in leaving behind sectarianism.”
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Thousands of individuals have been seen celebrating within the metropolis’s streets, with some dancing close to its largest polling place underneath sporadic rain.
Mr Petro’s triumph, which follows two unsuccessful makes an attempt on the presidency, provides Colombia to an inventory of Latin American international locations which have elected progressives lately.