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Love Him or Hate Him, Gustavo Petro Isn’t Going Anywhere

November 15, 2019

BOGOTÁ – No sooner had Gustavo Petro lost a second-round vote to Iván Duque in Colombia’s 2018 presidential election did he announce his intention to run again in 2022.

Petro, a former Bogotá mayor and M-19 guerilla with degrees from universities in Colombia, Spain and Belgium, appeared at the time as the clearest candidate to represent Colombia’s broad and increasingly assertive leftist opposition. His 8 million votes were the most ever received by a leftist presidential candidate and, as a runner-up, Colombian law entitled him to a Senate seat, a powerful perch from which to...

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