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Colombia Presidential Election Results: Meet Iván Duque

Monday - 18/06/2018 17:25
van Duque, the Democratic Center's candidate in Colombia's presidential race, speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in Cali on June 8. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
van Duque, the Democratic Center's candidate in Colombia's presidential race, speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in Cali on June 8. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

With 99.9 percent of the vote in, Iván Duque of the center-right Democratic Center party won Colombia’s second presidential runoff Sunday in a postwar electoral process after more than 50 years of internal conflict, defeating left-leaning candidate Gustavo Petro of the Colombia Humana coalition. This is also the first time the South American country has chosen a female vice president.

Duque, alongside running mate Marta Lucía Ramírez, clinched the presidency with more than 10.3 million votes—or 53.98 percent—while Petro and his vice presidential pick, Ángela María Robledo, obtained over 8 million votes, or 41.80 percent.

After both campaigns emerged victorious in the first round of elections on May 27, hundreds of thousands of Colombians who supported losing candidates—such as Humberto de la Calle, Germán Vargas Lleras and Sergio Fajardo—remained undecided and preferred to cast their votes for voto en blanco (“none of the above”), an option that was seen in Sunday’s election with more than 800,000 votes, or 4.2 percent.

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