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

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Latin America has taken one other leftward flip, this as Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia, Sunday, making historical past because the nation’s first leftist elected to be president. The shift left, analysts declare, could possibly be yet one more overseas coverage headache for the Biden administration.

Petro is a former guerilla chief. His victory will change politics domestically, and the stability of energy in Latin America because it provides to a wave of triumphs by the left within the area. Brazil could possibly be the following triumph for the socialists if Lula da Silva wins in that nation’s election in October. This would strengthen a leftist bloc whose pro-Russia and China sentiment and decidedly antagonistic views towards the United States, ought to be a priority for the Biden and future U.S. administrations. 

Former insurgent Gustavo Petro, left, his spouse Veronica Alcocer, again heart, and his working mate Francia Marquez, rejoice earlier than supporters after successful a runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Joseph Humire, govt director of the Center for a Secure Free Society warns: “The victory of Gustavo Petro in Colombia consolidates the positive factors of the Latin American left during the last decade. But whereas the Biden administration might sympathize with the leftist political agenda of a brand new President Petro, the U.S. ought to pay shut consideration to any potential authoritarian actions or efforts by the brand new Colombian authorities to dismantle, hijack or polarize democratic establishments within the nation underneath the guise of constitutional reform.”

The reward coming in from the continent’s socialist leaders was quick. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro was fast to congratulate Petro and his working mate. “I congratulate Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez for his or her historic victory within the Presidential elections in Colombia. The will of the Colombian individuals, who got here out to defend the trail of democracy and peace, was heard. New occasions are in sight for this sister nation.”


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

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, was one of many first leaders to congratulate Gustavo Petro on his win.
(Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg through Getty Images)

Maduro’s feedback have been echoed by Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel: “I categorical my most fraternal congratulations to Gustavo Petro for his election as President of Colombia in a historic common victory. We reiterate willingness to advance within the growth of bilateral relations for the well-being of our peoples.”


Mexican president Andres Lopez Obrador, who simply two weeks in the past snubbed the U.S. by refusing to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, mentioned in a press release: “Gustavo Petro’s triumph is historic. Colombia’s conservatives have all the time been tenacious and hard. The author José María Vargas Vila recounted that the dictators of his nation ‘dipped their daggers in holy water earlier than killing…’ Today’s triumph stands out as the finish of that curse and the daybreak for that brotherly and worthy individuals. Congratulations.” Lopez-Obrador might be visiting the White House subsequent month.

Colombian analyst Jose Penso, a former president of the Colombian Association of Political Consultants, urged warning and advised Fox News Digital: “It is time to attend for the tone of the Petro authorities in relation to the United States. He arrives with a dedication to unite the nation by means of consensus, making an attempt to seem much less radical as a result of he has been supported by teams on the middle. It remains to be very unsure and solely with time will the tone of its relationship with the United States be seen.”

During his victory speech, president-elect Petro mentioned: “Thanks to the energy of previous generations who’re not with us right now we’re the sum of resistance, of a previous of wrestle and riot towards injustice and a world that discriminates.”


Observers mentioned that proof that democracy in Colombia continues to be stable was Petro’s opponent Rodolfo Hernandez’s speedy response conceding defeat and congratulating the president-elect: “I known as Gustavo to congratulate him on his victory and supplied my assist to meet the guarantees of change for which Colombia voted right now. Colombia will all the time 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. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A lady cleans the capital’s foremost voting heart in preparation of the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, June 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

According to the Associated Press, Petro may have a tricky time delivering on his guarantees as he doesn’t have a majority in Congress, which is essential to finishing up reforms. In current legislative elections, Petro’s political motion received 20 seats within the Senate, a plurality, however he would nonetheless should make concessions in negotiations with different events.

Yet regardless of the preliminary coming collectively of each candidates for president, one former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, whom Petro considers a political enemy, tweeted: “To defend democracy, it’s essential to abide by it. Gustavo Petro is the President. Let a sense information us: Colombia First.” 

Critics and political opponents are afraid that Petro will nonetheless attempt to radicalize and transfer to an excessive left place. 

Argentina based mostly analyst Agustin Antonetti of the Fundación Libertad, advised Fox News Digital: “The triumph of Gustavo Petro is the lacking piece, maybe essentially the most worrying, of this new reconfiguration in Latin America, leaning in the direction of a brand new wave of leftist governments.”

Antonetti continued, “A area that’s in alarming political and financial decline, in a fancy world context, with three horrible dictatorships (Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua) that appear extra alive than ever and surrounded by numerous populist leaders, now in energy, who they endorse them and are prepared for something. The massive query is: Will the establishments in Latin America resist this new wave of governments in a transparent rise 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. (AP Photo/Andres Quintero)

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


Isaias Medina, a former excessive rating Venezuelan diplomat on the United Nations who was one of many first Venezuela diplomats to resign in protest over the Maduro regime, mentioned the U.S. wants to concentrate saying that Maduro and his acolytes have been, “tightening the noose round democracy’s neck in Latin America.”

Medina advised Fox News Digital, “The American beacon of sunshine and freedom should shine brighter.” He mentioned, “President Biden has but to face his hardest challenges of a full-scale China, Iran and Russia to overhaul the final areas left up in Latin America by absent U.S. insurance policies and actions.”


The former Venezuelan diplomat mentioned that “a pale financial future looms within the final strikes of the geopolitical chess (recreation.) In the phrases of Ronald Reagan, ‘freedom and liberty are one era away from extinction.’ Let us pray that this isn’t the era that enables it to occur.”

Gustavo Petro obtained 50.47% of the votes defeating his rival Rodolfo Hernández who obtained 47.27%. The leftist candidate, who for a very long time mentioned that there was no democracy in his nation, wins an election that confirmed democracy does certainly exist and works, observers say the Biden administration should hold a really cautious watch as Petro begins his time period as president on August seventh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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