Revolutionary President Gustavo Petro elected in historic Colombian elections

Revolutionary President Gustavo Petro elected in historic Colombian elections. Gustavo Petro will become Colombia’s first leftist leader, after winning the country’s presidential race on Sunday.

The revolutionary leader won by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes, against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez. In this historic win, his running mate Francia Marquez will now become the first Afro-Colombian to hold executive powers.
Petro bet on Colombians to believe in him as an evolved politician, telling US News that he’s managed to successfully combine his revolutionary zeal with the practice of public management.

What is coming here is real change, real change

During his victory speech on Sunday night, Petro said he is open to dialogue with Hernandez. He also called for a Great National agreement to end violence in the country, saying, “What is coming here is real change, real change.
That is what we are committing our lives to. We will not betray the electorate that has demanded that Colombia change from today.”
“Let’s celebrate the first popular victory. May so many sufferings are cushioned in the joy that today floods the heart of the homeland,” Petro tweeted in celebration on Sunday night.

Revolutionary President Gustavo Petro elected

Revolutionary President Gustavo Petro elected
He has pledged to fight inequality with free university education, pension reforms and high taxes on unproductive land
A hero among common people, anti-establishment and against the corruption that has riddled his country. His running mate will be the first black leader of Colombia and has a powerful mandate to make radical changes and as he calls it ‘fight for the poor.’
Since losing the 2018 election, Petro has consistently tried to play down fears that his economic plan. He has since surrounded himself with more traditional politicians who could build bridges with the establishment. Now, he’s presenting himself as a new type of progressive.
Many people feared he had links with Venezuela, although local Columbians believe those rumours were fuelled by American propaganda. He had previously spent time in jail Petro was detained by the police in 1985 for concealing weapons and was released after a ‘deal was made.’

President Ivan Duque congratulates the winner

Petro beat construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez with an unexpectedly wide margin of some 719,975 votes. The two had been technically tied in polling ahead of the vote.
Outgoing Colombian President Ivan Duque said he called Petro to congratulate him on his victory and that they had “agreed to meet in the coming days to initiate a harmonious, institutional and transparent transition.” referring to what he had labelled ‘left-wing Gustavo Petro rebel’

Washington concerned with impending national reforms

Petro, a former mayor of capital Bogota and current senator, has pledged to fight inequality with free university education, pension reforms and high taxes on unproductive land. He won 50.5% to Hernandez’s 47.3% in the historic Colombian elections.

Petro’s proposals – especially a ban on new oil projects – have startled some investors, though he has promised to respect current contracts. Supporter Alejandro Forero, 40, who uses a wheelchair, cried as results rolled in at the Petro campaign celebration in Bogota.

US Bias in the portrayal of the New President in historic Colombian elections

The media is branding him as ‘left-wing and a rebel leader’, but he is more centrist than left. His policies are progressive and in the country’s national interest and away from the American CIA-fuelled corruption which has pillaged the continent.

The South American continent has largely voted for leftist leaders. Only Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, where there is an election in October and President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to lose.

This is hugely concerning for Washington as they are losing their grip and influence in South America. US Bias in the portrayal of the new President has taken the Biden Administration by shock, who expected and hoped the same regime would be elected instead of the incoming left-wing Gustavo Petro.

If you follow US media there is a parade of bias which suggests he will be bad for the country, largely fuelled by his independent status. US media channels are comparing him to Trump however a more likely comparison is Pakistan’s ousted leader Imran Khan.

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