Conservative Ivan Duque wins Colombia’s presidential election

Conservative populist Ivan Duque, a 41-year-old lawyer, won Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, beating Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla and ex-mayor of Bogota, in a runoff. Petro wanted to give the state a larger role in the economy, while Duque, who spent much of his career involved in Washington policy-making circles, is a supporter of private business. With 99 percent of polling stations reporting, Duque had 54 percent of the vote while Petro had 42 percent. Four percent of voters left their ballots blank in protest. Former President Álvaro Uribe, now a powerful senator, helped Duque rise to prominence, and critics caution this could give him outsized influence in the new administration, which takes on the task of reincorporating former rebels into national political life.

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