Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia's first leftist president

Colombia's new President Gustavo Petro delivers a speech after swearing in during his inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota yesterday. – AFP pic, August 8, 2022.

GUSTAVO Petro yesterday took the oath of office as Colombia’s first-ever leftist president, before a crowd of hundreds of thousands at his inauguration in Bogota.

The 62-year-old former guerrilla and onetime mayor takes over from the deeply unpopular Ivan Duque, with plans for profound reforms in a country beset by economic inequality and drug violence.

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