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Who is the ex-guerrilla who turned left in another country in South America

– Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia with a tight victory against Rodolfo Hernández.

*) For the first time, a leftist president was elected to lead Colombia. With a very tight margin of votes, just over 50%, Gustavo Petro surpassed Rodolfo Hernández, who was the surprise of the first round of the election.

Petro has a political career. He was mayor of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, and holds a seat in the country’s Senate.

Biography of Colombia’s new president

Born in Ciénaga de Oro (“Golden Swamp” in Portuguese) in the department of Córdoba, a region of the country with coastline on the Caribbean Sea, Petro is the son of farmers.

Catholic, although he says frankly that he has already questioned the existence of God, he says that he follows liberation theology, recently criticized by the Pope.

Other points in his biography call attention: he was once a guerrilla and a friend of figures of the Latin American left such as the late Hugo Chávez, from Venezuela.

This episode of the podcast 15 Minutes brings more details about who this new president-elect of Colombia is and analyzes another victory of a left-wing candidate in elections in South America. The guest to talk about the topics is Jones Rossi, editor of Mundo e Ideias at Gazeta do Povo.


The podcast 15 minutes is a space for discussion of important issues, always with analysis and participation of the team of journalists from Gazeta do Povo. From Monday to Friday, in a light and dynamic way, with the duration that fits in the rush of your day. Presentation is by journalist Márcio Miranda.


Technical data: ’15 minutes’, news podcast from Gazeta do Povo #Presentation and script: Márcio Miranda; Content direction: Rodrigo Fernandes; production team: Maria Eduarda Scroccaro assembly: Leonardo Bechtloff; distribution strategy: Marcus Ayres.

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