Gustavo Petro vs. Rodolfo Hernández: 3 controversies that have clouded the election of the new president of Colombia in the last days of the campaign

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Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernandez.

This Sunday, Colombians will choose between Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández the person who will replace Iván Duque as president of Colombia from next August 7.

The first round of the presidential elections, held on May 29, delivered a surprising result: the majority of Colombians gave their vote to two figures outside the traditional Colombian political spectrum, which was interpreted as a search for a change of political course.

On the one hand, they elected the left-wing candidate Petro, former mayor of Bogotá and with a past related to the subversive group M-19 (which was involved in the fateful seizure of the Palace of Justice in 1985), who promotes a new economic model for the country.

And on the other, Hernández, construction businessman and former mayor of Bucaramangawho won his candidacy without much support from traditional political groups, but has captured the votes of the right and has campaigned openly to end corruption, although he himself has been formally accused of it.



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