Colombia’s Marginalized Communities Are Counting on Petro to Deliver

Colombia’s Marginalized Communities Are Counting on Petro to Deliver
Gustavo Petro, then president-elect, speaks to supporters during a “popular and spiritual” inauguration ceremony presided over by local Indigenous groups and feminist activists, in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 6, 2022 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).

On Aug. 7, a multi-ethnic and socially diverse crowd witnessed the historic inauguration of modern Colombia’s first leftist president, Gustavo Petro, and its first Afro-Colombian and woman vice president, Francia Marquez. Petro now faces the enormous challenge of meeting their expectations and making good on his campaign promises.

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