Different Latin American leaders expressed themselves in the last hours after Gustavo Petro’s victory in the Colombian presidential elections.
This Monday, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed his joy at the victory of the left-wing candidate.
“Well, today we are going to listen to cumbia for the triumph of Gustavo Petro, which gives us great pleasure. I can’t hide it, I’m very happy, ”said AMLO at his traditional press conference.
“I am happy because we are beginning a new stage in the resurgence of democratic movements with a social dimension in our America, that is, in Latin America and the Caribbean. We must remember that recently the progressive governments had the responsibility in several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, there was a splendor of progressive governments in Latin America. Due to different circumstances, that movement, that current, that environment gradually faded away, countries were lost and conservatism returned. When we arrived there were few countries that had progressive governments, after our arrival a new stage began. There are beginning to be important triumphs and yesterday’s was historic, that’s how I expressed it in a text,” added AMLO.
Also this Monday, but through Twitter, the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, sent his congratulations to the president-elect of Colombia.
“Our congratulations to @petrogustavo as the newly elected president of the Republic of Colombia and to the brother Colombian people for this exemplary election day that reaffirms their democratic commitment. We will continue to strengthen the historic ties between our countries,” the Paraguayan president wrote in his verified Twitter account.
On Sunday, among others, the president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, described Petro’s triumph as “historic.”
“On behalf of the people of Honduras, I congratulate the brave people of Colombia for electing the historic social change that the President-elect @petrogustavo represents today,” Castro wrote on Twitter.
Another of those who expressed themselves through social networks was the opposition leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó: “Colombia is today the home of 2 million Venezuelans who fled in search of a future. We advocate that the management of the new President @petrogustavo maintain the protection of vulnerable Venezuelans in his country and accompany Venezuela’s struggle to recover its democracy, “he wrote.