Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia's first leftist President

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Gustavo Petro was sworn in as the first leftist president of Colombia on 7 August.

Important facts

  • He has promised to fight inequality in the country and bring about a significant change in the history of a country ravaged by a prolonged war between the government and guerrilla groups.

  • Petro (62) has promised to address Colombia's social and economic inequalities by increasing spending money on poverty alleviation programs and investing in rural areas.

  • Gustavo Petro, a former member of Colombia's M-19 guerrilla group, won the presidential election in June by defeating conservative parties by a huge margin.

  • The victory of former rebel Petro was an extraordinary event for the country Colombia, as voters in the country did not support leftist leaders.

  • Left leaders are often accused of being soft on crimes or sympathising with the guerrillas.

  • He has described US-led anti narcotics policies, such as the forced elimination of illegal coca crops, as a major failure.

About Colombia

  • Capital - Bogota

  • Name - Republic of Colombia

  • Official Language - Spanish

  • Currency - Colombian peso

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