Left’s electoral rise generates opposition from the military in Colombia

Leftist Senator Gustavo Petro leads the polls for the presidency, generating uneasiness among the country's military. Petro fought the state until the early 1990s. If the result is confirmed, it would be the first time a former guerrilla would lead the armed forces of a country in conflict.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Famous for their fight against guerrillas, the Colombian military barely participated in politics, but the likely coming to power of a former rebel and leftist opponent has broken the silence in the barracks.

Gustavo Petro, who fought the state until the early 1990s, is the favorite in the polls to win the May 29 presidential election, but he would not get enough votes to avoid a runoff.

If the result . . .

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