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Leftist Gustavo Petro Leads Polls Ahead of Colombia’s Presidential Election

HeadlineMay 27, 2022

In Colombia, voters are choosing a new president Sunday. Leftist candidate Gustavo Petro shows a significant lead in recent polls, with right-wing rival Federico Gutiérrez in second place. Petro’s running mate is the Goldman Prize-winning environmental activist Francia Márquez Mina. Both Petro and Mina have denounced mounting death threats they’ve received during their campaign and racist attacks against Mina, who is poised to become Colombia’s first Black vice president. Petro has vowed to fight inequality in Colombia, stop all new oil development and redistribute pension savings, among other reforms. Click here to see our interview with Francia Márquez Mina.

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