Colombians Are Expecting Changes After Left-wing Candidates Won The Presidential Election.
It is also the first time the country has a Black Woman As Vice-President-elected.
The Colombian Maria Del Pillar Rodriguez is 23 years old and has lived in the United States since 2017. Even far, she made sure to vote for the presidential elections in Colombia last Sunday, 19 of June. For the first time in their history, the Colombians elected left-wing candidates, with the victory of the senator, former mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, and her vice-president Francia Márquez Mina. Also, for the first time, the vice president elected in the country is a woman, and she is a black woman.
Maria came to the USA following part of her family and works as an office manager for a dentist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maria says that for the first time, democracy really won the election. She now expects to see more social inclusion in the country and fewer cases of murders of local social leaders as well as better living conditions for the ones in need. Maria believes this change means a lot, especially for those in poverty and the hard middle-class workers. They live without a perspective of a better life on the horizon, she says.
The press worldwide shows Colombian celebrating in the streets the victory of Petro and Francia. According to the England journal The Guardian, the president-elected Gustavo Petro dedicated 12 years of his life to activities for the urban guerrilla group M-19 (Movimento 19 de Abril) before being a progressive mayor of Bogota and senator. Francia Marquéz, the vice president-elected, is a Colombian human rights and environmental activist and lawyer.
The changes Maria and 50,44% of the electors expect for the country are in Petro and Francia’s plan for Colombia called The Historic Pact. Their government program raises the need for profound reforms ranging from the economic model to the functioning of the Armed Forces. It brings diversified economic, security, gender equality, and environmental proposals.
Petro and Francia’s victory is part of a left-wing wave in Latin America, where the other six countries have left-wing administrations. It’s happening after ultra-conservative administrations lost elections in many countries. The same happened in the United States in North America, with Donald Trump’s loss to the Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
In Brazil, where the elections happen in October, polls show the former president Lula da Silva with a significant chance of winning the election over Jair Bolsonaro. The ultra-conservative current president is responsible for putting the county’s economy in terrible shape, with more than 13 million unemployed and 33 million hungry.