The rise of the favorite presidential candidate Petro in Colombia unsettles the barracks

If he prevails at the polls, it would be the first time that a former guerrilla has led the armed forces of a country in conflict, historically governed by conservative and liberal elites, and without the past of military coups that crosses the continent.

RIO DE JANEIIRO, BRAZIL - Very popular for their fight against the guerrillas, the military in Colombia barely figured in politics. But the likely rise to power of a former rebel and leftist opponent broke the silence in the barracks.

Gustavo Petro, who fought the state until the early 1990s, is the favorite in the polls to win the presidential elections on May 29, although he would not have enough votes to avoid a ballot.

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