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Left Historic Pact coalition wins Colombian presidential elections

Gustavo Petro, centre, newly elected leftwing president of Colombia, celebrates his victory in Bogotá on Sunday 19 June 2022 © Daniel Munoz/AFP/Getty Images

The victory of the Historic Pact is expected to bring an end to decades of conservative and neoliberal politics which have dominated the country.

The left-wing Historic Pact coalition led by Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez have emerged victorious in the Colombian presidential elections. Petro will be the first left-wing president of the country which for decades has suffered under the rule of pro-US conservative politicians. Many see the victory as part of a broader leftward shift across the region following the period of neoliberal reactionary governments.

Reposted from Peoples Dispatch publication of June 20, 2022