A former left-wing rebel has been
elected mayor of the capital, Bogota, as Colombians vote in local elections.
Gustavo Petro, 51, a former guerrilla with the defunct M-19 movement, won 32%
of the vote after running a “zero corruption” campaign.
His main opponent Enrique Penalosa, the favoured candidate of former
President Alvaro Uribe, conceded after polling 25%.
During a violent campaign, 41 candidates were killed nationwide.
Mr Petro said his win showed that reconciliation was possible in Colombia,
which is plagued by violence from left-wing guerrillas and right wing death
squads. Thousands die each year in Colombia’s armed conflicts, which are fuelled
by cash from the illegal narcotics trade.
“Bogota has chosen as its mayor a son of the peace process of 1989,” Mr Petro
said in his acceptance speech. “Bogota is saying yes to reconciliation, yes to
He was given amnesty after serving two years in jail for his involvement in
the M-19 group.
Five years ago, his denunciations as a senator of close ties between national
and regional politicians and right-wing death squads spurred the so-called
“parapolitics” scandal that has landed more than 60 politicians in prison for
crimes ranging from criminal conspiracy to murder.
Last year, Mr Petro helped uncover a bid-rigging scandal in Bogota that has
landed its previous elected mayor, Samuel Moreno, in jail facing corruption
The voting in the capital was part of nationwide regional and municipal
elections, with 32 governorships and more than 1,100 mayoral and municipal
council post being contested.
Authorities and electoral watchdog groups reported relatively few voting
Gustavo Petro was born on April 19th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_Petro
April 19th, 1960
4 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 27 = his personal year (from April 19th, 2011 to April 18th, 2012) = Groundbreaking.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
7312146 75296 53
his path of destiny = 53 = Fighting for the truth.
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