Albert Fernandez, "full of happiness" for the victory of the left in Colombia

The President Albert Fernandez manifested himself “full of joy” for the victory of the candidate of the left, Gustavo Petro, in the presidential elections of Colombiawhich were held this Sunday, June 19.

“I am filled with joy by the victory obtained by @petrogustavo and @FranciaMarquezM with which the electoral process in Colombia culminates”the president wrote on Twitter.

Senator and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro defeated independent millionaire Rodolfo Hernández in a tense runoff disputed on Sunday with an advantage of 3.2 percentage points.

“Popular victory”: Gustavo Petro was elected Colombia’s first leftist president

Petro surpassed his rival by 716,201 votes, according to the scrutiny of 99.4% of the votes.

“His victory validates democracy and ensures the path towards an integrated Latin America.”a, in this time that demands the maximum solidarity between sister nations,” said Fernández, who also privately conveyed his congratulations to the winner.

The leftist will succeed conservative Iván Duque as of August 7 for a four-year term. Environmental leader Francia Márquez She will also make history after being elected as the first Afro-American vice president of Colombia.

Gustavo Petro’s victory would change Colombia’s relationship with the United States

The winner of the elections proposes to strengthen the State, transform the health and pension systemand suspend oil exploration to make way for clean energy in the face of the climate crisis.

“The country needs social justice to be able to build itself in peace (…) that is to say, less poverty, less hunger, less inequality, more rights. If you don’t do that, the violence deepens,” Petro maintains.

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