Gustavo Petro he was elected president of Colombia and for the first time in its history, the South American country will have a leftist government. Not only that, but also for the first time, an Afro-descendant woman, Francia Márquez, will be vice president. In a packed stadium in the capital, the president-elect spoke his first words to voters.
“What is coming is a real change,” he promised. Gustavo Petro and continued: “We are not going to betray that electorate.” Who will be the new president as of August 7 also promised to carry out this change not with hatred or sectarianism, but with the union of the entire country.
the president elect He assured that the objective of his government is for Colombia to become a world power of life, something that would be synthesized in three axes: peace, social justice and environmental justice. The word peace Gustavo Petro he challenges an entire country that has been in armed conflict for seven decades and that was noted in the chants of “No more war” that resounded in the stadium.
“Peace means that the ten million voters of Rodolfo Hernández are welcome in this government,” he declared and assured that the opposition will always be received in the Casa de Nariño, to discuss the problems that the country has to overcome. “There will be no political persecution or legal persecution, there will only be respect and dialogue. Only in this way can we build the great national agreement,” he said.
Until yesterday, the candidate of the Historical Pact front stressed the need to “open opportunities for everyone”, especially for young people and women, whom he particularly thanked for putting the campaign on their shoulders.
In addition, he referred to the ghosts that the Colombian right wing got tired of shaking that Petro would bring communism to the country. “We are going to develop capitalism in Colombia,” he pointed out and continued: “Not because we adore it, but because first we have to overcome feudalism in Colombia.”
Regarding the economic changes, Gustavo Petro He proposed leaving the extractivist economy towards a “new productive economy” that can make the country grow. “Only on the basis of growing economically, of producing, is that we will be able to redistribute,” he remarked. Nevertheless, emphasized the need for such growth to be done in harmony with nature.
A call to Latin America
Gustavo Petro reported that almost all the presidents of Latin America had already called him to congratulate him on his victory, so he took advantage of the occasion to make a double appeal to the leaders of the region.
On the one hand, to a dialogue of the American continent “without excluding any people” to sit down with the United States Government and talk about the fact that huge amounts of greenhouse gases are released in that country and that they are absorbed by the forests of South America. “If it is broadcast there and we absorb it here, we have to talk,” he said.
Likewise, he asked the progressive governments of Latin America to stop thinking that the redistribution of wealth and social justice are sustainable based on the high prices of oil, coal or gas. On the other hand, he called on the countries of the region to integrate more decisively.
A united Latin America that can shout to humanity that it is time to change in order to live tasty.
In turn, he asked Colombians to think of themselves as Latin Americans and closed his speech by presenting himself to the country that he will have to govern for the next four years: “My name is Gustavo Petro and I am its president. I love you so much. I love you so much Colombia. Thank you”.