Analysis: The left has never governed in Colombia; could that change with Gustavo Petro?

Colombia is the only country in South America where the democratic left has never governed. This is attributable to the weariness of people suffocated with 60 years of confrontation between the State and various extreme left-wing guerrillas, such as the now defunct M-19, where Petro was a militant.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It is not the first time the former mayor of Bogotá and ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro has emerged as a strong contender in Colombia's presidential elections.

However, this time, there is a growing concern, perhaps unprecedented, in establishment circle,s due to his consistency in the polls. The most recent one, published in October by the reputable Datexco firm, gives him a 16-point lead over his closest competitor, the centrist Sergio Fajardo, for the May 29 elections.

Although analysts agree that it is still early to make predictions, the history of Colombia indicates that . . .

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