What to expect from the first leftist Colombian President

As part of the think tank Global Americans, I’m sharing our latest article on Colombia -Alex Rosaria

Gustavo Petro is inaugurated as Colombia’s President. He’s the first leftist to be elected to Colombia’s highest office. In his first address to the nation, Petro outlined the main priorities and expectations for his administration. He called on violent non-state organizations to disarm and pledged to implement the 2016 peace accord with the FARC rebel group. His administration has committed to peace talks with the ELN guerrilla group. Petro also called on the U.S. and other developed countries to change their approach to the global war on drugs, arguing that their strategy has fed violent conflicts in Colombia and the rest of the region. He also stressed the importance of climate change, emphasizing Colombia’s role in conserving the Amazon rainforest.

Will Petro change his impulsive personality and mood swings that characterized his term as Mayor of Bogotá or can he suppress these tendencies, as he did to win the election? Petro’s balancing act will begin in his first 100 days but will last throughout his entire presidency. See Global Americans’ article below.

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Author: alexdavidrosaria

Alex Rosaria is from Curaçao. He has a MBA from University of Iowa. He was Member of Parliament, Minister of Economic Affairs, State Secretary of Finance and United Nations Development Programme Officer in Africa and Central America. He is an independent consultant active in Asia and the Pacific.

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