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

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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