Colombia’s presidential election, a country on the verge of accepting socialism

Caracas, Venezuela — Citizens of Colombia head to the polls on Sunday, May 29 to choose who will be the country’s president for the next four years.

Eight candidates will face off in this election, and current polls favor socialist and former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro.

Of all candidates and participating parties, the three major coalitions competing for the presidency are:Colombia’s Equipo(Colombian team) coalition made up of centre-right and right-wing parties supporting Federico Gutiérrez; “Pacto Historico of Colombia“(Historical Pact with Colombia) Coalition, made up of left-wing parties supporting Gustavo Petro; Centro Esperanza (Hope Center) A coalition of centre-left and centre-left parties supporting Sergio Fajardo.

Presidential Candidate Federico Gutierrez speaks ahead of the May 29 general election in Bogota, Colombia on March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Other candidates and coalitions include Rodolfo Hernández in “.Liga de Gobernantes Anti-Corruption“(Federation of Anti-Corruption Governors), John Milton Rodríguez”Colombia Justa LibresEnrique Gómez Martínez from “(Fair and Free Colombia) Coalition,”Salvation NacionalLuis Pérez from “(Nacional Salvation),”Colombia Piensa and Grande“(Colombia Thinks Big), Ingrid Betancourt Partido Verde Oxygeno (oxygen greens).

Colombian Constitution It states that to win an election, a candidate must get at least 50 percent of the vote plus one vote. If neither candidate achieves this threshold on Election Day, a runoff will be held on Sunday, June 19, between the two candidates with the most votes.

According to recent opinion polls, left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro is currently mainly Conservative candidate Federico Gutiérrez with 43% of the vote was willing to vote, followed by 27.7%. The second round of voting was virtually confirmed as both candidates were expected to not exceed 50% in the first round of voting.

Conservative candidate Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez served as Mayor of Medellin from 2016 to 2019. Attainment Up to 96% approval rating. Medellin is a historically troubled city that was once home to Pablo Escobar’s cartel. Renaissance It is associated with conservative leadership and a high pop culture profile in Latin America.

Presidential candidate Federico Gutierrez (center) touches the Colombian flag as he celebrates after winning the coalition government primary in the legislative election in Bogota, Colombia on Sunday, March 13, 2022.  As the first elections were held since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, party candidates are selected for the presidential election in May.  (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Presidential candidate Federico Gutierrez touches the Colombian flag as he celebrates after winning the coalition government primary in the parliamentary elections in Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Gutiérrez’s nomination was endorsed by former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2010). – Still the most prominent Conservative politician, even ten years after leaving the presidency – after Uribe’s party candidate Óscar Iván Zuluaga Central Democratic Party (democrats), withdraw Based on the results of the March 2022 general election in Colombia, he ran for president.

Uribe Vélez is considered Colombia’s most influential right-wing politician, who won the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) and Iván Duque (2018-2022). Colombia in 2015 Approved Duque, a member of the Democratic Center, is ineligible to run again because of a one-term limit on the president. Although Santos served in the Uribe administration, he made a dramatic political departure from the Center for Democracy as president, including negotiating with communist terrorists.

Leftist candidate Gustavo Petro is a former M-19 guerrilla fighter and former mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. This is Petro’s third run for president. Petro ran for president in 2018 and lost to Duque.

If Petro is elected, he will become Colombia’s first left-leaning president. Colombia is an unprecedented case in Latin America. never A left-leaning president came to power.

Petro has created his own fair debate in the past, saying he would vote for Joe Biden “without a doubt” in the past. accusation A Colombian news channel that becomes a “neonazi” and gives political speeches while visibly intoxicated.

Petro did not hesitate to express his support for the Cuban communist regime and Venezuela’s “supreme and eternal revolutionary commander”, Hugo Chavez.

“In Cuba, as in Colombia, there is a need for social dialogue. A living society is one that moves and achieves change through dialogue, not self-destruction.

“You lived in the time of Chavez and you probably thought he was a clown. You deceived yourself. You have lived through the days of great Latin American leaders.” Petro read a tweet posted on the day Chavez died.

Like most left-wing politicians around the world, Petro tried to distance himself from the radiation that the disaster inflicted on Venezuela by socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and his socialist regime had inflicted on the left-wing political movement once in favor of the Bolivar cause.

after Maduro accused Petro and other left-leaning politicians in the area have become part of the “Cowardly Left”, answer “I propose that Maduro stop insulting him. Cowards are those who do not accept democracy. We must get Venezuela out of oil and move towards the deepest democracy.

Supporters of Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro and his running mate Francia Marquez attend a rally convened by Marquez in Medellin, Colombia, on April 22, 2022.  - Colombia will hold a presidential election on May 29, 2022.  (Photo courtesy of JOAQUIN SARMIENTO / AFP) (Photo by JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters of socialist Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro and his running mate Francia Marquez attend a rally in Medellin, Colombia, on April 22, 2022. (JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the perceived distance between Petro and Maduro, a possible relationship between Petro and the Bolivar Revolution is being investigated. Hugo Carvajal, a former member of the Venezuelan socialist regime and currently detained in Spain, decided He has evidence that Petro was one of those directly funded by the Venezuelan socialist regime.

Carvajal refused, but testify Regarding Petro, his lawyer decided Carvajal actually has evidence against Petro, but is claiming advance guarantees with the possibility that he will be extradited to the United States.

Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba – has a close relationship with Hugo Chávez. accused Having more influence than Nicolás Maduro himself is one of those who make up part of Petro’s presidential campaign coalition. Petro is request Cordoba will halt all campaign activities after the accusations against her, including engaging in corrupt business. transaction With Alex Saab, a key ally of the Maduro regime, now detained in the United States and accused of money laundering.

One of Cordoba’s advisors opinion It was Petro himself, not his former campaign official, who had close ties to the Venezuelan regime.

For more than 50 years, Colombian citizens have been facing constant terrorist threats from the Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian Revolutionary Army (FARC) groups (FARC, which the Biden administration recently stripped of its terrorist label). , his activities include mass murder, rape, kidnapping, boy soldier, drug trafficking. Colombia also saw a furious wave of left-wing riots and nationwide strikes in 2021 following President Duque’s unpopular tax proposal.

By February 2022, President Duque will make 73% of the disapproval evaluation.

Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents his life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter. Here.

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