Ivan Duque becomes Colombia's youngest president in Sunday's run-off election, beating leftist Gustavo Petro following a campaign fought largely over the future of the government's peace deal with the former rebel group FARC.
At stake is the implementation of a 2016 peace agreement with the FARC, which brought an end to five decades of conflict, and whether Latin America's fourth-largest economy will abandon its traditionally market-friendly posture.
It was the outcome millions of Colombians had hoped to avoid: A bitter run-off between two presidential candidates whose polarising viewpoints once again leave the nation divided.
Conservative Ivan Duque, who wants to overhaul a peace deal with Colombia’s Marxist rebels, won Sunday’s first-round presidential election, setting up a runoff next month with leftist Gustavo Petro, who has pledged to take on entrenched elites.
For many Colombians this will be the first time they've had more than one viable choice in an election – and that might just trigger a run-off next month.
Colombia's upcoming elections might be turning into another referendum on the peace deal with the FARC.
Ex-presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana say they are focusing their platform on objections to the peace deal signed with the Marxist FARC rebels.
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