Colombians head to polls in a divisive presidential election

Colombians head to polls in a divisive presidential election

People waiting in line to cast their ballots at a polling station during the first round of the presidential election in Bogota of Colombia on Sunday –Reuters photo Colombians vote on Sunday to choose a new president from among a former rebel promising generous social programs, a centre-right candidate warning against a leftist economic model, and an eccentric business magnate.

Gustavo Petro, a leftist former mayor of Bogota and member of the M-19 guerrilla group and current senator, is consistently leading opinion polls with around 40 per cent support, ten points below what he would need to secure the presidency […]

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