Left with active agenda wins Colombia presidential race

Bogota, Colombia-gustavo petroA member of a left-wing guerrilla group that once fought Colombian statehood, he was elected president on Sunday after vowing to fight inequality and poverty. fully involve the state in the economy Of a country that is Washington’s closest ally in Latin America.

A 62-year-old senator who was in the M-19 rebel group in the 1970s and 80s, Mr. Petro is the first left-wing elected president in Colombia, a milestone in a country that recently emerged from a protracted guerrilla conflict. Human rights activist Francia Marquez, 40, will become the vice president, the first Afro-Colombian, and the second woman to hold that position.