Colombia: Former guerrilla Petro wins election to become first leftist [sic] president

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Colombia has elected a former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro as president, making him the South American country’s first leftist [sic] head of state. Petro beat Rodolfo Hernandez, a gaff-prone former mayor of Bucaramanga and business mogul, with 50.47% of the vote in a runoff election on Sunday and will take office in July amid a host of challenges, not least of which is the deepening discontent over inequality and rising costs of living. Hernandez had 47.27%, with almost all ballots counted, according to results released by election authorities. Petro’s election marks a tidal shift for Colombia, a country that has never before had a leftist [sic] president, and follows similar victories for the left [sic] in Peru, Chile and Honduras.” (06/20/22)