Colombian voters headed to the polls on Sunday (29th) to vote in the first round of the country’s presidential election. With most polls counted, the second round will be based on Gustavo Petro, followed by independent candidate Rodolfo Hernandez.
Petro is the leftist candidate. It came first with 40.4% of the vote. (For elections in the first round, it will be necessary to obtain more than 50% of the vote.) The second round of Colombia’s elections is scheduled for June 19.
Petro was twice a deputy, senator and mayor of the city of Bogotá. This is the third time he is running for president (he lost in 2010 and 2018).
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The second candidate is populist independent businessman Rodolfo Hernandez, 77, who received 27.9% of the vote. He, once dubbed “Trump Trump” by the local press, grew up in voting intentions in the days leading up to the election and ousted second-round favorite Federico Gutierrez.
Ingrig Betancourt with Rodolfo Hernandez, on May 21, 2022 – Photo: Jeison Gutierrez / AFP
Recently, Hernandez obtained the support of a former hostage of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Colombia (Farc) Ingrid Betancourt, the only woman to contest the election, decided to withdraw from the race due to poor results in the opinion polls.
A poll worker carries ballot papers to a polling station during the first round of the presidential election in Bogota (Photo: Santiago Arcos/Reuters)
The last presidential election, in 2018, was dominated by one topic: the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates. Colombia (Farc).
That year, the country elected President Ivan Duque shortly after he voted against the convention’s referendum.
Duque is an ally of former President Alvaro Uribe, who opposed the peace agreement from the start.
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