Gustavo Petro sworn in as first leftist President of Colombia

Highlights:

  • Gustavo Petro has been sworn in as the first leftist president of Colombia. 
  • The 62-year-old is a former member of Colombia’s M-19 guerrilla group as well as a former senator and mayor of Bogota. 
  • He succeeds Ivan Duque.
  • Mr Petro is part of a growing group of leftist politicians and political outsiders who have been winning elections in Latin America since the pandemic broke out.
  • A 2016 peace deal between Colombia’s Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia turned much of the focus of voters away from the violent conflicts playing out in rural areas.
  • It is noted that Colombia Capital is Bogota.