PES celebrates first progressive president in Colombia

20/06/2022

Newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro (C) celebrates with his wife Veronica Alcocer (C-R) and his running mate Francia Marquez (R) at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, on June 19, 2022. Photo: Juan BARRETO / AFP

Newly elected Colombian President Gustavo Petro (C) celebrates with his wife Veronica Alcocer (C-R) and his running mate Francia Marquez (R) at the Movistar Arena in Bogota, on June 19, 2022. Photo: Juan BARRETO / AFP

The Party of European Socialists celebrates a historic victory that will see Gustavo Petro become Colombia's first leftist leader.

Petro - a lifelong fighter against inequality - won the country's presidential race on Sunday by a slim margin with over 50% of the votes, beating 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez. 

In another historic first, Petro’s vice-president will be Francia Márquez, the first Afro-Colombian to hold executive powers. Márquez is a prize-winning defender of human and environmental rights.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“I congratulate Gustavo Petro on his important victory. The people of Colombia have made their voices heard: this vote has sent a great shift through Colombia’s politics, like other similar successes for the left in South America. 

“A fairer, more sustainable, and more just future lies ahead for Colombia. President-elect Petro can count on fellow socialists and democrats here in Europe for support to achieve that. I look forward to strengthening the progressive bonds between the EU and Colombia.”