Prepare yourself for what may be yet another backfired globalist campaign to manage the affairs of other countries. The people of Colombia, where American taxpayers have seen billions of their dollars given to the government to fight Marxist guerillas, may soon elect one of those same guerillas as president. What was it all for? Maria Ximena Aragon reports in Foreign Policy:
Colombians head to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first round of a presidential election that could transform Latin America. Colombia is the only major country in the region that has never elected a left-wing president, and according to recent polls, that’s likely to change. The front-runner is Gustavo Petro, a former left-wing guerrilla turned economist and politician whose populist message is resonating with voters tired of high levels of inequality.
Petro, 62, is no newcomer to politics. He previously served as a legislator as well as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, and has run for president twice before. Petro came close to winning the last election, in 2018, when he challenged current conservative President Iván Duque Márquez. The incumbent, who faces a one-term limit, now has a disapproval rating of 75 percent.
Petro has a real chance at beating this year’s conservative candidate, Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez. But his campaign has also polarized a country that has suffered through decades of Marxist-inspired conflict. Petro’s rise reflects the broad instability Colombia has experienced over the last few years.
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