Colombia election: Gustavo Petro elected first leftist president – video

Colombia has elected the former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro as president, making him the South American country’s first leftist head of state. It follows similar victories for the left in Peru, Chile and Honduras. 

During his victory speech, Petro issued a call for unity and extended an olive branch to some of his harshest critics, saying all members of the opposition would be welcomed at the presidential palace ‘to discuss the problems of Colombia’. ‘We are writing history right now – a new history for Colombia, for Latin America and for the world’

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