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The far right and left struggle for the presidency in Colombia

In a few weeks Colombia’s destiny will be decided, between two candidates with very different tendencies. Although it is a right-wing leaning country, there is a strong expression from a segment of the population that does not want the corruption, violence, social injustice, impunity and censorship which characterises the far right.


Tania Peña


The fate of the votes of the losing candidates in the first round in the battle for the Presidency of the Republic is the big question on the political scene in Colombia.

The greatest expectation is concentrated in the 4.5 million votes that the Colombia Coalition gained at the polls, with former candidate Sergio Farjado, the third in the electoral result with 23.73% of the vote.

After learning that the right-wing candidate (Uribista), Iván Duque, with 39.1% of the votes and Colombia Human’s Gustavo Petro, with 25.09% made the second round, they started speculating about potential alliances and their reflection in the ballet boxes. One of the first ones to announce was the senator of the Alternative Democratic Pole party, Iván Cepeda, who made the call to his party and the rest of the political powers in the Colombian Coalition (Green Alliance and Compromiso Ciudadano parties) to support the candidate, Petro.

“The only reasonable and correct decision is to support Gustavo Petro to create a government that supports the peace process, the social changes that the country needs and the fight against corruption”, stated Cepeda.

The support of the Alternative Democratic Pole party for Petro is a given, but at the moment of writing this article there was nothing definite. The support of the Green Alliance party and Compromiso Ciudadano party is also expected.

Regarding the Liberal party candidate, Humberto de la Calle, it is predicted that 2.06% of his followers are also inclined towards the representative of the Colombia Humana Movement due to their affinity for issues related to defence of the peace.

In fact, De La Calle made a powerful reflection: “War united us for eight years, today peace is what separates us. This is why we Colombians can be bored with everything, except peace”. He continued: “Today more than ever we must mobilise ourselves. Colombia demands it. We must look into the implementation of the agreements”.

Previously he had warned: “Political groups (from the far right) have filled with ghosts, farces and obstructions a process of reconciliation with every guarantee of success”.

On the other hand, it is hoped that the candidate from the Democratic Centre party (a right-wing party headed and led by the current senator and former president, Álvaro Uribe), will get the votes from the former candidate Germán Vargas Lleras, who placed fourth in the first round with 7.28%.

Because of his right-wing position and criticisms from his party, Radical Change, about important chapters of the Peace Agreement it is supposed that he gives his support to Duque. From the previous legislature, Radical Change and Democratic Centre were allies in putting obstacles in front of the peace laws.

This continues being the proposal of Uribism¸ although Ivan Duque has softened his discourse in the electoral campaign: “We have to be kind and generous to the guerrilla base that has made the transition towards demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration, but we have to guarantee that those most responsible…serve their sentences”.

What is certain is that peace is the central issue for Duque and Petro for the Presidential elections. Without a doubt, the presidential dispute will be well-known for the setting up of alliances. (PL)

(Translated by Donna Davison – Email: – Photos: Pixabay

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