Former guerrilla senator wins Colombia’s presidential race

Bogota Colombia-Gustavo Petroonce a member of a left-wing guerrilla group fighting the Colombian state, was elected president on Sunday after promising to fight inequality and poverty and deploy the state directly into the economy of a country that is Washington’s closest ally in Latin America.

A 62-year-old senator who was in the M-19 rebel group in the 1970s and 80s, Mr. Petro is the first left-wing elected president of Colombia, a milestone in a country that has recently emerged from a long guerrilla conflict. Francia Márquez, a 40-year-old human rights activist, will be the vice president, the first Afro-Colombian and the second woman to hold this post.

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