Former guerrilla Petro fights to become Colombia's first leftist president

Former guerrilla Petro fights to become Colombia's first leftist presidentBy Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) – Gustavo Petro, a former insurgent turned rabble-rousing mayor, is fighting to become Colombia’s first leftist president, turning his humble beginnings and revolutionary past into a rallying cry for millions of the nation’s youth and poor. The 58-year-old economist is about 20 points behind right-wing candidate Ivan Duque to replace President Juan Manuel Santos, but his presence in the second round has worried many in the traditionally conservative nation, where the right has kept a vice-like grip on power. Proposals from Petro to change the nation’s economic model by piling taxes on unproductive landowners and abandoning oil and coal for clean energy have spooked investors.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines