Colombia Makes History: Elects First Leftist President And First Black Female VP

Former rebel Gustavo Petro won Sunday's runoff election, becoming the country's first leftist president along with Francia Márquez, the first Black female vice president in Colombia's history.

Petro, former mayor of Bogotá, got 50.48% of the votes, while his opponent, populist business tycoon Rodolfo Hernández had 47.26% in Sunday's runoff, reported AP.

First Black Female Vice President

Colombia also elected its first Black woman to be vice president. Márquez is a lawyer and environmental leader whose opposition to illegal mining resulted in threats and a grenade attack in 2019.

VP-elect Márquez, 40, said she chose to get into politics, “because our governments have turned their backs on the people, and on justice and on peace.”

Petro himself was once a rebel with the now-defunct M-19 movement, and …

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