FARC deal at stake as Duque wins presidency

Ivan Duque of the centre-right Democratic Centre party was elected Colombia's next president on 17 June, after promising to roll back the fragile peace treaty between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a deal which has divided the South American nation in recent years.

Ivan Duque of the centre-right Democratic Centre party was elected Colombia's next president on 17 June, after promising to roll back the fragile peace treaty between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a deal which has divided the South American nation in recent years. In the first post-conflict elections in Columbia, the 41-year old lawyer and economist, who is close to former President Alvaro Uribe, won 53,9% of the vote, 12 points more than his rival Gustavo Petroa, leftist former mayor and ex-guerrilla.

Duque sailed to victory albeit the presidential race being mired in political polarisation, fake news and heated exchanges among the candidates. The rivals had different views on the economy, national security and the 2016 peace accord, reached between the government of Columbia and FARC. However, after the elections Duque promised to change parts of the peace accord with leftist rebels, and not “shred it to pieces” as some of his allies had been urging.

When Duque takes office in August, he will be Colombia's youngest president in more than a century. This is also the first time that the South American country has chosen a female vice president.

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