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Ex-rebel takes oath as Colombian president in historic shift

Aug. 08, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president was sworn into office Sunday, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of...

Leftist's election to test Colombia's alliance with US

Jun. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It’s one of the United States’ few enduring alliances in an often-turbulent Latin America, one built around a decades-long partnership combating the nation’s drug cartels. But Gustavo Petro’s election as Colombia’s first leftist president is likely...

Colombian voters elect country's first Black vice president

Jun. 20, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As Colombia's voters put aside a longtime antipathy to leftists and chose one as their new president, they also carved out another milestone — electing the country's first Black vice president. When former leftist rebel Gustavo Petro takes office as...

Colombia faces presidential choice between leftist, populist

Jun. 16, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians can count on one thing: The country’s presidential politics will drastically change after Sunday’s runoff election. The contest in the South American country lacks a front-runner and presents voters with a choice between the man who could...

Populist millionaire faces ex-rebel for Colombia presidency

May. 30, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro celebrated his first-round lead in Colombia's presidential election in the way most politicians would: in a conference room packed with hundreds of supporters as confetti rained down upon him. The man he'll meet in a June 19 runoff...

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

May. 28, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fabian Espinel last year helped organize concerts in the streets of Bogotá, as young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the...

Ex-rebel emerges as favorite in Colombian presidential race

May. 23, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

FUSAGASUGA, Colombia (AP) — Flanked by bodyguards with bulletproof shields, Gustavo Petro stood on a stage and lashed out at Colombia's political elite in a speech to the residents of Fusagasuga, a rural town where farmers are struggling. The leftist presidential candidate spoke of...