Can Colombia’s first leftist president bring change? – podcasting | New

Throughout Latin American history, as left-wing parties have taken power across the continent, one country has held them back, very often by force: Colombia.

Last week that changed – and when Gustavo Petro officially takes over in August, Colombia will have its first leftist leader.

As Joe Parkin Daniels recount Michael Safi, the new president promises to end the decades-long war on drugs, change Colombia’s relationship with the United States, and divert the country’s economy away from gas and oil. That’s a tall order, especially since Colombian presidents are limited to a single four-year term.

And the challenges he faces aren’t just the political challenges stemming from a slim margin of victory: After the result, he delivered his speech behind bulletproof glass, in a chilling reminder of the dangers facing the candidates. of the left in Colombia.

Photography: Luisa González/Reuters

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