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Colombia’s Gustavo Petro to Face Rodolfo Hernández in Presidential Runoff

HeadlineMay 31, 2022

In Colombia, leftist presidential candidate Gustavo Petro will face off right-wing businessman Rodolfo Hernández in a runoff election in June. Petro won Sunday’s first election round with just over 40% of the votes — less than the majority needed to declare a first-round victory. In a surprising result, far-right candidate Hernández placed second. Hernández is a real estate tycoon who once called himself a follower of Adolf Hitler. Petro is a former guerrilla member who has vowed to fight worsening inequality in Colombia with landmark policies including a tax reform and redistribution of pension savings. His running mate is the Goldman Prize-winning environmental activist Francia Márquez Mina, who could become Colombia’s first Black vice president. Both Petro and Mina have received several death threats throughout their campaign. We’ll have more on Colombia’s presidential election later in the broadcast.

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