PanaTimes

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023

Gustavo Petro: Ex-rebel wins his coalition's primary

Gustavo Petro: Ex-rebel wins his coalition's primary

Colombian Senator Gustavo Petro, who polls suggest is the favourite to win May's presidential election, has secured the nomination of the left-wing Historic Pact coalition.
Mr Petro, a former guerrilla with the M-19 rebel group, won Sunday's primary by a wide margin.

He will face five other candidates in the presidential election on 29 May.

Were he to win, Mr Petro would become the first left-wing president to lead the South American nation.

The 61-year-old ran for president in 2018 but was defeated by the right-wing candidate Iván Duque.

Since 2015, presidents in Colombia have been restricted to a single four-year term in office, so Mr Duque will not be able to stand in this election. His Democratic Centre party has put Óscar Zuluaga forward as its presidential candidate instead.

As well as the Historic Pact, two more coalitions held primaries on Sunday.

The centrist Centro Esperanza (Hope Centre) chose mathematician Sergio Fajardo as its candidate and Federico Gutiérrez won the nomination for the right-wing Team Colombia coalition. Both candidates are former mayors of Colombia's second biggest city, Medellín.

They will be joined in the race for the presidency by Ingrid Betancourt, who was held hostage by Farc rebels for more than six years, and Rodolfo Hernández, who is standing for the Anticorruption League.

Polls suggest that Mr Petro has a wide lead over the other candidates, with some suggesting he could get enough votes to win outright in the first round on 29 May.

Many Colombians say they are fed up with their elected leaders and the way the country has been run in recent years.

The country was rocked by weeks of anti-government protests last year, during which dozens of protesters died.

Many of those protesting said they were angry about high levels of inequality in Colombia, and some of them have been drawn to Mr Petro's campaign promise to redistribute wealth.

But his past as a member of the now-disbanded M-19 rebel left-wing group makes him unpalatable to voters who argue that many of Colombia's problems stem from the war different guerrilla groups have been waging against the state.
Newsletter

Related Articles

PanaTimes
Close
0:00
0:00
2 earthquakes in Turkey killed over 2,300 people
U.S. added 517,000 jobs in January, snapping five-month string of slowing employment growth
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria, Killing More Than 1,300 People.
Turkish photographer Ugur Gallenkus portrays two different worlds within a single image. Brilliant work
Tennessee Bill Would Imprison People for 3 Years If They 'Lie' About Rape to Get an Abortion.
Charlie Munger, calls for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, following China's lead
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will block Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
×