Foreign policy headache looms for Biden admin as Colombia elects 1st ever leftist president

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Latin The united states has taken a further leftward turn, this as Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia, Sunday, earning background as the country’s very first leftist elected to be president. The shift still left, analysts claim, could be nevertheless a further overseas policy headache for the Biden administration.

Petro is a former guerilla chief. His victory will transform politics domestically, and the stability of electricity in Latin The united states as it provides to a wave of triumphs by the remaining in the location. Brazil could be the next triumph for the socialists if Lula da Silva wins in that country’s election in Oct. This would strengthen a leftist bloc whose professional-Russia and China sentiment and decidedly antagonistic views versus the United States, ought to be a issue for the Biden and potential U.S. administrations. 

Former rebel Gustavo Petro, left, his wife Veronica Alcocer, back center, and his running mate Francia Marquez, celebrate before supporters after winning a runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (WHD Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Former rebel Gustavo Petro, still left, his wife Veronica Alcocer, back again centre, and his managing mate Francia Marquez, celebrate right before supporters just after winning a runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (WHD Photograph/Fernando Vergara)

Joseph Humire, government director of the Centre for a Protected Free of charge Modern society warns: “The victory of Gustavo Petro in Colombia consolidates the gains of the Latin American left over the last 10 years. But when the Biden administration might sympathize with the leftist political agenda of a new President Petro, the U.S. really should pay shut consideration to any probable authoritarian actions or attempts by the new Colombian governing administration to dismantle, hijack or polarize democratic institutions in the nation underneath the guise of constitutional reform.”

The praise coming in from the continent’s socialist leaders was rapid. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro was speedy to congratulate Petro and his functioning mate. “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 read. New moments are in sight for this sister region.”


Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, was one of the first leaders to congratulate Gustavo Petro on his win.

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, was 1 of the 1st leaders to congratulate Gustavo Petro on his acquire.
(Gaby Oraa by using Getty Visuals)

Maduro’s reviews had been echoed by Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel: “I express my most fraternal congratulations to Gustavo Petro for his election as President of Colombia in a historic well-liked victory. We reiterate willingness to advance in the advancement of bilateral relations for the perfectly-remaining of our peoples.”


Mexican president Andres Lopez Obrador, who just two weeks in the past snubbed the U.S. by refusing to go to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, stated in a assertion: “Gustavo Petro’s triumph is historic. Colombia’s conservatives have always been tenacious and hard. The author José María Vargas Vila recounted that the dictators of his region ‘dipped their daggers in holy drinking water right before killing…’ Present-day triumph may be the conclusion of that curse and the dawn for that brotherly and worthy men and women. Congratulations.” Lopez-Obrador will be checking out the White House next month.

Colombian analyst Jose Penso, a former president of the Colombian Affiliation of Political Consultants, urged caution and instructed WHD News Electronic: “It is time to wait around for the tone of the Petro governing administration in relation to the United States. He arrives with a commitment to unite the state through consensus, attempting to appear significantly less radical for the reason that he has been supported by teams on the heart. It is still extremely unsure and only with time will the tone of its partnership with the United States be witnessed.”

During his victory speech, president-elect Petro stated: “Thanks to the energy of past generations who are no for a longer period with us nowadays we are the sum of resistance, of a earlier of battle and insurrection from injustice and a environment that discriminates.”


Observers reported that proof that democracy in Colombia carries on to be solid was Petro’s opponent Rodolfo Hernandez’s speedy reaction conceding defeat and congratulating the president-elect: “I called Gustavo to congratulate him on his victory and made available my support to fulfill the promises of improve for which Colombia voted nowadays. Colombia will always depend on me.” 

A woman cleans the capital's main voting center in preparation of the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, June 17, 2022. (WHD Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A girl cleans the capital’s most important voting centre in preparing of the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, June 17, 2022. (WHD Picture/Fernando Vergara)

According to the , Petro will have a tough time offering on his promises as he does not have a the greater part in Congress, which is crucial to carrying out reforms. In recent legislative elections, Petro’s political movement won 20 seats in the Senate, a plurality, but he would however have to make concessions in negotiations with other functions.

However despite the original coming jointly of both equally candidates for president, a person former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, whom Petro considers a political enemy, tweeted: “To defend democracy, it is necessary to abide by it. Gustavo Petro is the President. Permit a emotion guideline us: Colombia 1st.” 

Critics and political opponents are scared that Petro will nonetheless test to radicalize and go to an excessive still left situation. 

Argentina dependent analyst Agustin Antonetti of the Fundación Libertad, informed WHD News Digital: “The triumph of Gustavo Petro is the lacking piece, probably the most worrying, of this new reconfiguration in Latin The usa, leaning in direction of a new wave of leftist governments.”

Antonetti continued, “A location that is in alarming political and economic decrease, in a advanced worldwide context, with 3 awful dictatorships (Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua) that look additional alive than at any time and surrounded by a massive quantity of populist leaders, now in ability, who they endorse them and are ready for nearly anything. The significant problem is: Will the establishments in Latin The united states resist this new wave of governments in a clear increase of authoritarianism?”

Supporters of presidential candidate of the Historical Pact coalition, Gustavo Petro, celebrate after he won a runoff presidential election in Cali, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (WHD Photo/Andres Quintero)

Supporters of presidential applicant of the Historic Pact coalition, Gustavo Petro, rejoice immediately after he gained a runoff presidential election in Cali, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (WHD Picture/Andres Quintero)

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Isaias Medina, a previous higher rating Venezuelan diplomat at the United Nations who was 1 of the very first Venezuela diplomats to resign in protest about the Maduro regime, said the U.S. wants to spend consideration declaring that Maduro and his acolytes ended up, “tightening the noose close to democracy’s neck in Latin The usa.”

Medina advised WHD News Electronic, “The American beacon of light-weight and liberty need to shine brighter.” He reported, “President Biden has nevertheless to confront his toughest challenges of a full-scale China, Iran and Russia to overtake the last areas still left up in Latin The united states by absent U.S. policies and steps.”

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The previous Venezuelan diplomat explained that “a pale economic future looms in the previous moves of the geopolitical chess (activity.) In the words of Ronald Reagan, ‘freedom and liberty are just one generation away from extinction.’ Enable us pray that this is not the generation that permits it to occur.”

Gustavo Petro received 50.47% of the votes defeating his rival Rodolfo Hernández who acquired 47.27%. The leftist prospect, who for a lengthy time reported that there was no democracy in his place, wins an election that confirmed democracy does without a doubt exist and performs, observers say the Biden administration will have to keep a extremely very careful watch as Petro begins his expression as president on August 7th.

The contributed to this report.

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