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Gustavo Petro receives the blessing of the indigenous people before his historic investiture in Colombia


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The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petroreceived this Thursday the blessing of the Arhuaco indigenous people in a visit to the Sierra de Santa Marta, one day after touring Caño Cristales, in the Sierra de la Macarena, to take the official photograph a few days after the investiture ceremony.

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Petro He shared on his social networks some photos of the “ancestral possession” which took place “in the heart of the world”, in a ceremony arhuacoin which he is seen surrounded by the indigenous people who, dressed in white, gave him their blessing.

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For the ascent to the Sierra of Santa Martathe president-elect, who was accompanied by the appointed Defense Minister, Iván Velásquez, was escorted by the Army.

Petro already paid a visit to the Arhuacos before the second round of the presidential elections, in which he would finally prevail at the polls, and they performed a ritual for him in which the mamos, who are the leaders and elders of these communities, gave him their blessing and purified him.

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Hours before, the president-elect shared a video in which he is seen boarding a police plane and then a helicopter from the same institution to reach Caño Cristales, the river of five colors, where the official photo as president was taken.

Gustavo Petro in the company of a group of soldiers after the ancestral symbolic possession from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. (EFE / Gustavo Petro Press).

You can see how Petroin a suit and tie, puts on the presidential sash that he will officially receive on Sunday, to pose in Caño Cristales, one of the wonders of Colombia, also known as the most beautiful river in the world for the shades of color that the algae give to its waters.

Petro did not give more details of the trips he made just three days before the investiture ceremony that will make him official in the position of president of Colombia.


King Felipe VI of Spain heads the list of heads of state and government representatives who will meet on August 7 in the Plaza de Bolívar to attend Petro’s investiture.

Among the presidents who will attend are those of Chile, Gabriel Boric; Argentina, Alberto Fernandez; Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez; Bolivia, Luis Arce; Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader; Panama, Laurentino Cortizo; Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves, and Honduras, Xiomara Castro, according to the president-elect’s team.

The United States delegation is led by the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power.

Likewise, the head of the Government of Curaçao, Bernard Whiteman; the vice president of El Salvador, Félix Ulloa, and Beatriz Gutiérrez, wife of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Source: Elcomercio

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