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⌸ EN Magazine Colombians vote for change in presidential election

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  1. KashGo

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    The South American country of Columbia is in the midst of an election that is looking like it could create a massive political pivot. After polls closed on Sunday 29th May, the leftist presidential candidate Gustavo Petro was in the lead with 40% of the votes against the populist businessman Rodolfo Hernández at 28%.

    Colombia is in the throes of major political unrest due to an economy which is in a downward spiral because of the Covid-19 pandemic, social unrest and rapidly deteriorating security in the country.

    The robust number of eligible voters is tallied at 39 million but abstention reached 45.2%. After the first round last Sunday, Gustavo Petro was a clear winner as he has received 40.32% of the votes and will face Rodolfo Hernandez (28.20%) for the second round of the presidential election on June 19th.

    Read our article: Colombians vote for change in presidential election

    Do you live in Colombia? Can you tell us more about the mood in the country?
     
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    Apparently the US far-right is panicking about the election in Colombia.
    US Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar calls leading Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro a “thief, terrorist, and Marxist” and demands the Biden administration intervene to prevent him coming to power. :eek::confused:
    https://twitter.com/davidrkadler/status/1530917084149993474
    As someone else said on Twitter, that’s the democracy in which some Republican representatives believe: US military intervention when they dislike government chosen in other countries :thumbdown:
     
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    We got the result yesterday: Candidate Gustavo Petro won the second round of the presidential election with 50.44% of the votes and becomes the first leftist president of Colombia.

    Huge change for the country and it reinforces the trends with South America moving towards leftist governments.

    I have published a new article: Colombia: left-wing presidential candidate makes history and win election

    Feel free to comment in this discussion.
     
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