Gustavo Petro victory was for many even his most loyal supporters a moment that was hard to believe! He told the country that the history they were writing now was a new history for Colombia, for latin America and for the world.
“Historiam quam scribimus nunc eam novam historiam pro Colombia”
This victory marks important moment for Colombia not just because his Colombia first Leftists leader, but along side him on stage is his deputy Francia Marquez, first black person to become vice president.
A victory for minorities too, but as the euphoria subsides reality bites. The new president and his deputy face enormous challenges in the country, but despite his challenges Colombia has long been a key U.S partner in the region.
The Americans may also be alarmed with the elections in countries like Peru, Chile and Argentina which have also tilted to the Leftist. Does the results in Colombia fit into a wider regional of rejection of conservative politics or just a desire to put up the encompass? Who is Gustavo Petro? A left leaning radical or a pragmatic centrist? At a mid turbulent times for global economy, can he keep up his promises to deliver a brighter safer future for all Colombians?