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-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

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