This Sunday (29), more than 39 thousand voters will go to the polls in Colombia for the first round of presidential elections in the country. The next Colombian executive chef will hold no position between 2022 and 2026.
In this first round of voting, six candidates concurred. If only two votes were obtained, the two with the most votes will face each other again on June 19.
According to the main investigations of voting intentions, or the successor of the current president, Iván Duque, must be defined only in the second round.
A survey of the National Consulting Center, commissioned by the newspaper “Semana” and published on the 19th, indicates the left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro as the favorite not in the first round, with 35.8% support.
Still according to this research, Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez and Rodolfo Hernández, linked directly, are the next placed and “practically in technical tie”, with 20.8% and 19.1% two votes, respectively.
In the sequence appear Sergio Fajardo, John Milton Rodriguez, Ingrid Betancourt (who withdrew her candidacy last week) and Enrique Gomez.
Due to the fact that the vote is not mandatory in the country, the State grants benefits to voters who participate in the lawsuit, such as half a day of paid work and discounts in the passport process.
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Leader of the left, Petro is recognized as a former member of the guerrilla group M-19 (April 19 Movement), demobilized in the 1990s. His militant past returned to public life as the first controversial figure.
Born in the municipality of Ciénaga de Oro, in the department of Córdoba, on the Caribbean coast, in 1960, he entered public life as a young man, aged 21, as a municipal councilor, a kind of vereador. It was also that time that he approached the M-19.
This year’s election is Petro’s third attempt to hold the presidential seat. Before, the candidate was a senator and prefect of the Colombian capital, Bogotá.
Federico “Fico” Gutierrez
Representative of the Colombian government, Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez concentrated his campaign on “preservation of democracy and freedoms”, in guidelines related to security and criticism of Gustavo Petro.
The youngest two six candidates, 48 years old, were perfect from the city of Medelín before running for President. He finished his mandate with 82% approval, second to Invame research.
He was born in Medellín, Antioquia, and grew up in Belén – a lower middle class neighborhood in Medellín. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Medellín and is a specialist in Senior Management and Political Science at the Pontifical Bolivarian University.
With a beginning of political life full of controversies, or third placed in the presidential elections of Colombia, he calls himself “Engenheiro Rodolfo Hernández”.
Born in Piedecuesta, in the department of Santander, in 1945, he is a businessman in the same region, located in the northeast of Colombia.
In 1992 he was elected vereador, but, without satisfaction, he never assumed or position. Years later, in 2016, he was elected president, but he has not completed or mandated by a series of disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Attorney General of Colombia due to scandals. A CNN I contacted Hernández’s representatives about the events, but I did not get a return.
*With information from CNN
Source: CNN Espanol