Colombia’s Presidential Election Puts The Nation On The Verge Of Embracing Socialism

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CARACAS, Venezuela – Colombian citizens will go to the polls on Sunday, May 29 to choose who will be their country’s president for the next four years.

Eight candidates will face each other in this next election, the polls currently favoring the socialist and former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro.

Of all the participating candidates and political parties, the three main coalitions vying for the presidency are:Equipo for Colombia” (Team for Colombia) coalition, made up of centre-right and right-wing parties supporting Federico Gutiérrez; there “Pacto Histórico for Colombia” (Historic Pact for Colombia), coalition made up of left-wing parties supporting Gustavo Petro; and the Centro Esperanza (center of hope) coalition of centrist and centre-left parties supporting Sergio Fajardo.

Presidential candidate Federico Gutierrez speaks in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, March 28, 2022, ahead of the May 29 election. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Other candidates and coalitions include Rodolfo Hernández of theLiga de Gobernantes Anticorruption” (Anti-Corruption Governors League), John Milton Rodríguez of the “Colombia Justa Libres” (Fair and Free Colombia), Enrique Gómez Martínez de “National Salvation” (National Salvation), Luis Pérez de “Colombia Piensa en Grande(Colombia Think Big), and Ingrid Betancourt of Partido Verde Oxygeno (Oxygen Green Party).

The Colombian constitution stipulates that a candidate must obtain at least 50% plus one of the votes to win the election. If no candidate achieves this threshold on election day, a runoff between the two most voted candidates will take place on Sunday, June 19.

According to the latest polls, the left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro is currently in the lead with a voting intention of 43%, followed by the conservative candidate Federico Gutiérrez with 27.7%. As no candidate is expected to obtain more than 50% in the first round, a second round between these two candidates is practically confirmed.

Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez, the conservative candidate, was mayor of the city of Medellín from 2016 to 2019, where he received approval ratings of up to 96%. Medellín is a historically troubled city — once home to Pablo Escobar’s cartel — that has seen a renaissance tied to conservative leadership and a high profile in Latin American pop culture.

Presidential hopeful Federico Gutierrez, center, touches a Colombian flag as he celebrates after winning his coalition's primaries in legislative elections in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 13, 2022. Colombians voted for a new congress on Sunday and also voted in the presidential primaries to choose the party's candidates for the presidential contest in May, as the country held its first elections since the coronavirus pandemic began two years ago. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Presidential hopeful Federico Gutierrez touches a Colombian flag as he celebrates after winning his coalition’s primaries in legislative elections in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Gutiérrez’s candidacy received the support of former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2010) – still the country’s most prominent conservative politician more than a decade after leaving the presidency – after Óscar Iván Zuluaga, the candidate from Uribe’s party Democratic Center (Democratic Center), withdrew his candidacy following the results of the March 2022 legislative elections in Colombia.

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