Newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá, on June 19, 2022, after winning the second round.  (Daniel MUÑOZ / AFP).

Thousands of people erupted in joy and took to the streets of the towns and cities of Colombia to celebrate the election Gustavo Petro as president of the country, the first leftist candidate to arrive at the Casa de Nariño, seat of the executive.

Caravans of cars and people raising flags of Colombia were the common denominator of this celebration accompanied by rain and cold, at least in Bogotá, where the festival of vehicles, enlivened by batucadas and fireworks, collapsed some avenues of the city.

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To the cry of “Petro Presidente”, “yes it was possible, yes it was possible to beat the machinery”, thousands of people gathered in the central Plaza de Bolívar, the political and legislative heart of the country, to celebrate.

“I love freedom and democracy and that is what Petro represents”Ómar Pinzón, a 60-year-old lawyer, told Efe.

Newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro celebrates in Bogotá, on June 19, 2022, after winning the second round. (Daniel MUÑOZ / AFP).

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Petro embodies change and is the only way to end the governments that have left us with misery and oppression,” said Carlos Arturo Gutiérrez, who together with his wife went to the Plaza to “celebrate the change that the country needs. ”.

RIVERS OF PEOPLE

In other Colombian cities, people also took to the streets to celebrate the fact that Petro, from the Historic Pact coalition, prevailed over the populist Rodolfo Hernández, from the League of Anti-Corruption Leaders, with which for the first time the country’s left wins the Presidency.

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“There were three attempts, but in the end it was possible”added Gutiérrez to whom the emotion of his candidate’s victory made him forget the umbrella, so he added: “the wet is the least of it, the important thing was that we won.”

Petroa 62-year-old former guerrilla and economist, will govern Colombia from August 7 for a period of four years and will succeed Iván Duque, who called him to congratulate him on his victory.

Petro, a moderate rebel who brought the left to power in Colombia
Gustavo Petro sees himself as a “revolutionary” for various causes, first fighting the state as a guerrilla and now, in his third presidential campaign, bringing the left to power in Colombia for the first time.

“We are going to continue celebrating in peace, without problems. We don’t want any more hate, that’s what the president just said.”said Solangel Andana, a 26-year-old teacher.

The teacher was referring to the speech she gave at the same time Petro in a covered coliseum in Bogotá, a place chosen by the Historical Pact to receive the election results.

IN THE SAME LINE

With the victory of Petro Colombia, it follows the line of other countries in the area in which left-wing candidates have won the presidential elections.

“The left can expand because in Chile (Gabriel) Boric came up and it may be that in Brazil (Luiz Inácio) Lula will win again,” pointed out the teacher who was waving a Colombian flag with a photo of Petro in the center.

Francia Márquez will be the new vice president of Colombia after the victory of Gustavo Petro.  (STR/AFP).
Francia Márquez will be the new vice president of Colombia after the victory of Gustavo Petro. (STR/AFP).

WITH THE HELP OF FRANCE

A group of no more than ten Afro-descendants managed to make themselves noticed in the Plaza de Bolívar, where they stood out for their colorful clothing and the sound of vuvuzelas and drums, which also attracted attention.

“France is a woman of drive”, told Efe Íngrid Ocoró, who arrived in Bogotá three years ago from the jungle and impoverished department of Chocó where “the only thing missing is that they give us opportunities to progress.”

He stressed that Petro obtained “good votes” in the departments of the Colombian Pacific.

“We hope that the president Petro give her the place she deserves not only for being an Afro woman but as a woman who has serious and achievable proposals for the country,” she added.

As the night progressed, the people continued to party and it did not matter that Petro had not come to celebrate the victory in the square.

“What are we going to do to him,” lamented Ocoró, who recalled that now what follows is “to monitor that the campaign promises are fulfilled and demonstrate that the change that the country sought so much is possible.”

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