Colombia election: Former rebel Gustavo Petro becomes South American nation’s first leftist president

Colombia has elected its first left-wing president in what winner Gustavo Petro has hailed as a “victory for God and for the people”.Mr Petro, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia’s capital, won 50.4 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s run-off election, narrowly beating his right-wing rival Rodolfo Hernandez.Taking to Twitter to voice his triumph, Mr Petro said: “May so much suffering be cushioned by the joy that today floods the heart of the homeland.“Today is the day of the streets and squares.”

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