(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 20 – After the historic victory of the leftist candidate Gustavo Petro in the presidential elections in Colombia, Latin American leaders wanted to express their congratulations to Ivan Duque’s successor at the helm of the country.
The messages of good wishes came primarily from leaders of his own political orientation, but there was no shortage of congratulations from the conservatives in the region. One of the first to speak was the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “Gustavo Petro’s triumph is historic. Colombia’s conservatives have always been persistent and tough,” he tweeted. “Today’s triumph can be the end of that curse and the dawn for that fraternal and worthy people”.
Greetings also came from Bolivia, with the words of its president Luis Arce. “Our congratulations to brother Petro and sister Francia Márquez”, first Afro-descendant vice president in Colombia. “Latin American integration is strengthened,” she wrote in a tweet.
Petro’s victory “validates democracy and ensures the path to an integrated Latin America,” argued Argentine President Alberto Fernandez. “I just spoke to Petro to congratulate him on his victory,” Chilean head of state Gabriel Boric tweeted. “We will work together for the unity of our continent in the challenges of a rapidly changing world”.
For the first time, greetings also came from the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. The two countries have in fact become protagonists in recent years of tensions that have also led to the breakdown of diplomatic relations. “The will of the Colombian people has been listened to, who came out to defend the path of democracy and peace. New times are in sight for this brother country,” said Maduro.
Congratulations on Petro’s victory also came from some conservative leaders such as the President of Panama Laurentino Cortizo and from Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso who reiterated “the government’s desire to strengthen friendship and cooperation”. (HANDLE).