The Heat: Colombia Presidential Election

The Heat

Newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro (C) gives a speech next to his running mate Francia Marquez at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, on June 19, 2022 after winning the presidential runoff election on June 19, 2022. – Ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro was on Sunday elected the first ever left-wing president of crisis-wracked Colombia after beating millionaire businessman rival Rodolfo Hernandez after a tense and unpredictable election. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP)

Colombians made history on Sunday when they elected their country’s first ever leftist president.

Gustavo Petro, a one-time member of the M-19 rebel group and former mayor, vows to fight inequality when he takes office as Colombia’s next leader. CGTN’s Michelle Begue in Bogota begins our coverage. 

To discuss:

  • Sergio Guzman is Director of Colombia Risk Analysis.
  • Hernando Carvalho is a Political Analyst, Libertarian Activist.
  • Michael Shifter is former President of the Inter-American Dialogue.
  • Arlene Tickner is Professor at the School of Political Science, Government and International Relations at the Universidad del Rosario.

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