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Petro receives the credentials as president of Colombia: “The era of change begins”

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the leftist Gustavo Petro He received on Monday the credential of president-elect of Colombia for the period 2022-2026, without the right to reelection, together with his vice president Francia Márquez, the first Afro-descendant to reach that position in the country.

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“We give them the credentials… to lead the changes dreamed of by the youth of the past and those of the present. Long live Colombian democracy! said César Abreo Méndez, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) at the protocol ceremony held in Bogotá.

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The CNE declared the election after the end of the count in which Petro he won with 11.2 million votes on June 19, during the ballot. While his contender Rodolfo Hernández, a real estate tycoon, obtained 10.6 million votes.

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“This government is fundamentally due to the appearance of that first youth who did not want to let the country be taken away, which perhaps has to do with that social mobilization of more than a year ago,” he said. Petro after receiving your credential.

Colombia faced massive demonstrations in 2021, led by young people, against the government policies of conservative President Iván Duque. It was an unpopular tax reform that, although it was withdrawn, was the spark that fueled two months of sustained protests against inequality, unemployment and violence. According to the United Nations, more than 40 people lost their lives in the demonstrations.

After the ceremonial act, Petro He will attend the first joint meeting with President Duque, who will hand over power on August 7.

Petro seeks to promote a “national agreement” to seek consensus on the reforms required by the State in political, social and economic matters, although it has not detailed how it will be carried out. The president-elect assured upon receiving the credential that he invited his former campaign contender, Rodolfo Hernández, to the dialogue, who obtained 47% of the votes in the ballot.

Petro He assured that he also summoned his staunchest opponent, former President Álvaro Uribe, who governed between 2002 and 2010 and continues to be in force in the country’s politics; he is Duque’s political godfather and leads the conservative Democratic Center party.

However, he assured that it will be a broad dialogue with all sectors of the population, including businessmen and elites, to whom he said during the campaign that he was going to raise taxes to finance his ambitious social plan.

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Source: Elcomercio

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