Colombia election result
May 30, 2022 - Economist, politician and former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro received the most votes in the first round of Colombia’s presidential election. He faces businessman Rodolfo Hernández in a run-off on June 19.
Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement who has vowed profound economic and social change, took 40.32% of the votes, according to the Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil. At the same time, Hernández, who made late gains against predicted second-round candidate Federico Gutiérrez, won 28.15%.
Colombians will choose between a former leftist rebel long reviled by the establishment. The other is a wild card businessman who was once suspended as mayor of Bucaramanga for hitting a city councillor. Gutiérrez announced Sunday night that he would support Hernández in the run-off. It could be a contest between two very different visions of change for the country.
“It is the end of an era,” Petro said, standing on stage beside his running mate, Francia Márquez, who could become Colombia’s first Black vice president. “From this moment on, we must define what kind of change we want.”