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Who is Gustavo Petro?

Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego (born 19 April 1960) is a Colombian economist, politician, former guerrilla fighter, senator of Italian descent, and the president-elect of Colombia. 

He defeated Rodolfo Hernández Suárez in the second round of the presidential election on 19 June 2022. Petro is the first candidate to reference themselves as a leftist to be elected president of Colombia.

Left-wing candidate and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential race

Left-wing candidate and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential race
Left-wing candidate and former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins Colombian presidential race

Gustavo Petro will become Colombia’s first leftist leader, after winning the country’s presidential race on Sunday. The former guerrilla won by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes, against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez.

In this historic win, his running mate Francia Marquez will now become the first Afro-Colombian to hold executive powers. During his victory speech on Sunday night, Petro said he is open to dialogue with Hernandez.

He also called for a Great National agreement to end violence in the country, saying, “What is coming here is real change, real change. That is what we are committing our lives to. We will not betray the electorate that has demanded that Colombia change from today.”

“Let’s celebrate the first popular victory. May so many sufferings are cushioned in the joy that today floods the heart of the homeland,” Petro tweeted in celebration on Sunday night.

Outgoing Colombian President Ivan Duque said he called Petro to congratulate him on his victory and that they had “agreed to meet in the coming days to initiate a harmonious, institutional and transparent transition.”

Gustavo Petro Biography, Wiki

Gustavo Petro was born in Ciénaga de Oro, Córdoba; he studied at La Salle public school and graduated in Economics at the Externado University. At 21, Gustavo Petro became a Representative, and the 22nd independent councillor of Zipaquirá. He was a candidate for the presidency of Colombia in 2010 and was elected Mayor of Bogotá for the period 2012 – 2015.

He is self-described on his website thus: “He declared himself to be the enemy of segregation and inequality, as well as an advocate for the environment, in which he has always acted for the protection of water and biodiversity. That is why he took on and defeated certain powerful groups, to build a city of opportunities and equity.”

As regards his position on international affairs, Petro states: “In our government, Colombia will position itself as a regional and global leader facing the global challenges of human security – especially in the face of the challenge of climate change, the risk management of natural hazards, environmental protection, the development of clean energies and the reconversion of energy, actively participating in cooperation with others and within the existing international framework.

We will pay special attention to fostering the exchange of knowledge, and to developing human, linguistic, artistic, cultural and environmental capabilities.

We will actively participate on all occasions within the mechanisms for dialogue, cooperation, and multilateral agreement, always seeking to protect and safeguard the interests of the Colombian people. International cooperation will be oriented mainly to face the risks of climate change and the building of peace in Colombia.

The Colombian State will develop a proactive attitude in defense of its national and territorial interests through the formulation of a State policy that prevents the successive loss and fragmentation of our national territory.”

Gustavo Petro Biography Wikipedia
Gustavo Petro
BornGustavo Francisco Petro Urrego
19 April 1960 (age 62)
Ciénaga de Oro, Córdoba, Colombia
Political partyM-19 (1990–1997)
Alternative Way (1998–2002)
Regional Integration Movement (2002–2004)
Alternative Democratic Pole (2004–2010)
Humane Colombia (since 2011)
Other political
affiliations
Historic Pact for Colombia
Spouse(s)Katia Burgos ​(divorced)​
Mary Luz Herrán​​(m. 1992; div. 2003)​
Verónica Alcocer ​(m. 2003)​
Children5
Alma materExternal University of Colombia
Graduate School of Public Administration
Pontifical Xavierian University
University of Salamanca

Gustavo Petro Career

After the demobilization of the M-19 guerrilla movement, former members of the group (including Petro) formed a political party called Alianza Democrática M-19 which won a significant number of seats in the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia in 1991, representing the Cundinamarca Department.

In 2002 Petro was elected to the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia representing Bogotá, this time as a member of the Vía Alterna political movement he founded with former guerrilla colleague Antonio Navarro Wolff and other former M-19 guerrilla members. During this period he was named “Best Congressman”, both by his own Congress colleagues and the press.

As a member of Vía Alterna, Petro created an electoral coalition with the Frente Social y Político to form the Independent Democratic Pole, which in 2005 fused with the Alternativa Democrática to form the Alternative Democratic Pole, joining a large number of leftist political figures.

In 2006 Petro was reelected Senator of Colombia, mobilizing the second highest voter turnout in the country. During this year he also exposed the Parapolitics scandal, accusing members and followers of the government of mingling with paramilitary groups in order to “reclaim” Colombia.

Senator Petro has vehemently opposed the government of Álvaro Uribe. In 2005, while a member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, Petro denounced the lottery businesswoman Enilse López (also known as “La Gata” (the cat). As of May 2009, she is imprisoned and under investigation for ties to the (now disbanded) paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).

Senator Petro alleged that the AUC financially contributed to the presidential campaign of Álvaro Uribe in 2002. Uribe refuted these statements by Petro but, during his presidential reelection campaign in 2006, admitted to having received financial support from Enilse López.

During Álvaro Uribe’s second term as president, Petro encouraged debate on the Parapolitics scandal. In February 2007 Petro began a public verbal dispute with President Uribe when Petro suggested that the president should have recused himself from negotiating the demobilization process of paramilitaries in Colombia; this followed accusations that Uribe’s brother, Santiago Uribe, was a former member of the Twelve Apostles paramilitary group in the mid-1990s. President Uribe responded by accusing Petro of being a “terrorist in civilian clothing” and by summoning the opposition to an open debate.

On April 17, 2007, Senator Petro began a debate in Congress about CONVIVIR and the development of paramilitarism in Antioquia Department. During a two-hour speech he revealed a variety of documents demonstrating the relationship between members of the Colombian military, the current political leadership, narcotraffickers and paramilitary groups. Petro also criticized the actions of Álvaro Uribe as Governor of Antioquia Department during the CONVIVIR years, and presented an old photograph of Álvaro Uribe’s brother, Santiago, alongside Colombian drug trafficker Fabio Ochoa Vázquez.

The Minister of Interior and Justice, Carlos Holguín Sardi and the Minister of Transport, Andrés Uriel Gallego were asked to defend the president and his government. Both of them questioned Petro’s past as a guerrilla member and accused him of “not condemning the warfare of violent people”. Most of Petro’s arguments were condemned as mud-slinging. The day after this debate the president said “I would have been a great guerrilla, because I wouldn’t have been a guerrilla of mud, but a guerrilla of rifles. I would have been a military success, not a fake protagonist”.

President Uribe’s brother, Santiago Uribe, affirmed that his father and the Ochoa brothers had grown up together and were in the Paso Fino horse business together. He then mentioned that he also had many photographs, taken with many people.

On April 18, 2007 the Vigilance and Security Superintendency released a communique rejecting Petro’s accusations concerning the CONVIVIR groups. The Superintendency said that many of the groups mentioned were authorized by the Departments of Sucre and Córdoba, but not by the Antioquia government; it also added that Álvaro Uribe, then Antioquia’s governor, had eliminated the legal liability of eight CONVIVIR groups in 1997.

It was also mentioned that the paramilitary leader known as “Julian Bolívar” had not yet been identified as such and was not associated with any CONVIVIR during the authorization of these groups.

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Who is Gustavo Petro?

Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego (born 19 April 1960) is a Colombian economist, politician, former guerrilla fighter, senator of Italian descent, and the president-elect of Colombia. 

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Gustavo Petro is currently 62 years old.

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Gustavo Petro will become Colombia’s first leftist leader, after winning the country’s presidential race on Sunday. The former guerrilla won by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes, against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez.

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