Minutes after the victory of Gustavo Petro was confirmed in the Colombian elections held this Sunday, the first reactions from the international community began to arrive. Several leaders of the region, including the dictators Nicolás Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel, congratulated the new leftist president.
“I congratulate Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez for their historic victory in the Presidential elections in Colombia. The will of the Colombian people, who came out to defend the path of democracy and peace, was heard. New times are in sight for this brother country, ”the Venezuelan dictator wrote on his social networks.
The Cuban, meanwhile, noted: “I express my most fraternal congratulations to Gustavo Petro for his election as President of Colombia in a historic popular victory. We reiterate willingness to advance in the development of bilateral relations for the well-being of our peoples”.
The one who also expressed his joy at Petro’s triumph was the number two of the Venezuelan regime, Diosdado Cabello: “Colombia spoke, the deep Colombia, the one that hurts in the Bolivarian sentiment, seeking its peace and with it the Peace of an entire region , we embrace that great victory of a people that has resisted a thousand and one attacks by drug lords, congratulations. United We Will Win.”
Luis Arce, president of Bolivia, celebrated the arrival of the former guerrilla to the presidency of Colombia: “Congratulations for the Colombian people! Our congratulations to brother Gustavo Petro and sister Francia Márquez for his victory today at the polls. Latin American integration is strengthened. We join the party of the Colombians. Jallalla #Colombia🇨🇴!”
The Mexican head of state, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, described as “historic” the victory of the candidate of the Historical Pact.
“His victory validates democracy and ensures the path to an integrated Latin America at this time that demands the maximum solidarity between brother peoples,” Argentine President Alberto Fernández wrote on social networks.
“Joy for Latin America! We will work together for the unity of our continent in the challenges of a rapidly changing world. We continue!”, assured Gabriel Boric, president of Chile.
Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras, congratulated “the brave people of Colombia for choosing the historic social change that the President-elect represents today” Gustavo Petro.
The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, also used his social networks to express himself about the elections in Colombia: “I wish for the strengthening of the democracy of the brother country and the historical ties that unite our peoples.”
In this way, the left will gain access to the Presidency of Colombia for the first time after the triumph obtained this Sunday in the second electoral round by the former guerrilla and former mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro, from the coalition of the Historical Pact.
With 98.86% of the polling stations informed, Petro obtained 11,185,671 votes, equivalent to 50.49%, while his rival, the independent populist Rodolfo Hernández, of the Anti-Corruption Governors League, reached 10,468,781 votes (the 47.25%), indicated the National Registry in its bulletin number 14.