Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernandez, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical change. … Read more

Ex-guerilla rebel Gustavo Petro wins runoff to be Colombia’s 1st leftist president

Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country’s first leftist president. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, got 50.48% of the votes, while real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernández had 47.26%, … Read more

Ex-rebel holds slim lead in Colombia’s presidential runoff

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Leftist former rebel Gustavo Petro held a slim lead in Colombia’s presidential runoff election Sunday over a real estate millionaire, and was on the cusp of ushering in a new era of politics in the South American country. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, had 50.6% … Read more

Scandals, uncertainty hang over Colombia as election looms | Elections News

Bogota, Colombia – Just days before one of Colombia’s most consequential presidential elections in decades, the nation is on edge. Hundreds of thousands of eligible voters are still unsure who they will cast their ballots for on Sunday, when left-wing former rebel group member Gustavo Petro takes on populist former mayor Rodolfo Hernandez. At Paloquemado … Read more

The controversial ‘Tik Tok King’ vying for Colombia’s presidency | Elections News

Bucaramanga, Colombia – Millions of Colombian voters are poised to take a step into the unknown this week, as they invest their hopes in a controversial figure who they believe will help the country reinvent itself politically. Rodolfo Hernandez shocked much of Colombia by producing a surprise, second-place result in the first round of the … Read more

Police tortured suspect in Amazon disappearance, family says

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) – Family members of the sole person to be arrested in the disappearance of a British journalist and Indigenous official in the Amazon said Friday that he was innocent and accused that police were torturing him to try to force a confession . Freelance journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous official … Read more

Colombia’s presidential race will decide if it goes the way of Venezuela

“My political awakening came in the late 1960s when I saw my father cry over the death of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,” recalls Gustavo Petro, former “urban guerrilla” and hard-left candidate who could become Colombia’s next president – and turn the country into another Venezuela. The runoff presidential election set for June 19 … Read more

Populist millionaire faces ex-rebel for Colombia presidency

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro celebrated his first-round lead in Colombia’s presidential election in the way most politicians would: in a conference room packed with hundreds of supporters as confetti rained down upon him. The man he’ll meet in a June 19 runoff had a different approach. Rodolfo Hernandez sat at his … Read more

Colombia presidential race to runoff; leftist vs businessman

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – In a blow to Colombia’s political class, a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in the country’s presidential election Sunday and headed to a runoff showdown in June. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the results with just over 40% of the … Read more

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Fabian Espinel last year helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the streets of the capital’s working-class sectors handing out flyers and painting murals in support … Read more