Colombia elects anti-neoliberal president

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For the first time ever, Colombians elected a left-wing and anti-neoliberal president. Gustavo Petro, together with his vice president Francia Marquez, won last June 19. He is likened to recently elected anti-imperialist presidents in Chile, Honduras and Peru.

Petrov served as mayor of Ecuador’s national capital, Bogota. He is also known as a former member of M-19, an armed guerilla group which fought the government in the 1980s. For her part, Marquez is known as an environmental activist.

Colombia elects anti-neoliberal president