Colombia Elects New President, He is 41 years old.
Iván Duque, a populist young conservative who tapped into dissatisfaction with the economy and a contentious peace deal with rebels, won Colombia’s presidential vote on Sunday. New York Times reports
Mr. Duque, a former senator from the right-wing Democratic Center party, won about 54 percent of the vote in the second and last round of elections, election officials said. He defeated Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla member and onetime mayor of Bogotá, the capital, who got about 42 percent.
Mr. Duque’s showing capped a remarkable political rise. Buoyed by charm and a conservative upwelling in Colombia, he secured the presidency in an election where many who voted for him did not even know his name a year ago. At 41, he will be one of the youngest presidents in the country’s history.
Far better known is Mr. Duque’s longtime mentor, Álvaro Uribe, a firebrand ex-president who delivered pummeling blows against the country’s main rebel group and drug traffickers over his eight years in office, from 2002 to 2010.