Gustavo Petro will be accredited as the new president of Colombia | News

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The winning candidate of the presidential elections in Colombia, Gustavo Petro, will receive this Thursday the credential as president of Colombia, a day that will also mark his first meeting in that capacity with the outgoing president, Iván Duque, with the purpose of establishing the mechanisms of the transition to the new Government, which is installed next August.

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The national registrar, Alexander Vega, and the National Electoral Council will give Gustavo Petro the credential that accredits him as the winner of the presidential elections, together with Francia Márquez, who will occupy the vice presidency of the South American nation.

The ceremony takes place after this Tuesday Vega delivered the balance of the electoral process that took place last Sunday, which left the now president-elect, Gustavo Petro, as the winner, and indicated that the difference between the pre-count and the scrutiny was very little, which ratifies the results of the elections in the second round.

In that sense, he confirmed that, ultimately, Petro got 11,291,986 votes, compared to 10,604,337 for his contender, Rodolfo Hernández. Given this, he will receive this Thursday the credential that accredits him as the new president of Colombia in the period 2022-2026.

On the other hand, in the run-up to the meeting that he will hold with Iván Duque, this Wednesday, three days after the voting day, it was announced who will be part of Petro’s transition team, who will meet on Friday, after the meeting between the outgoing and incoming presidents.

The meeting between Duque and Petro is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. local (20:30 UTC), at the Casa de Nariño, seat of the national government.



President Iván Duque has already attacked Petro and the announcements of his first requests and possible measures after his installation as president: the request for freedom for the young prisoners of the 2021 social outbreak and the agreement to reopen the common border with Venezuela.

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