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Gustavo Petro wins: why Colombia chose its first left-wing president

Bogota Colombia

Colombia will be ruled by a left-wing president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate millionaire in a runoff election that underscored the people’s distaste for the country’s traditional politicians.

Petro’s third bid to win the presidency earned him 50.48% of the vote on Sunday, while political outsider Rodolfo Hernández took 47.26%, according to results released by the election authorities.

The election came as Colombians grappled with rising inequality, inflation and violence — factors that led voters in the first round of the election last month to punish long-ruling centrist and right-wing politicians and choose two outsiders for the second round.

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