July 5, 2022
Gustavo Francisco Pietro Origo (Spanish: /ɡusˈtaβo fɾanˈsisko ˈpetɾo uˈreɣo/) (born April 19, 1960) is a Colombian politician who was elected President of Colombia on June 19, 2022. He is an economist, politician, former military militia fighter, and former member of the National Assembly Colombian Senate. Rodolfo Hernandez defeated Suarez in the second round of the 2022 Colombian presidential election on June 19. He is the first candidate to be elected president of Colombia and describes himself as a leftist. The results resulted in him receiving the largest number of votes obtained by any candidate in any Colombian presidential election. At the age of 17, Petro joined as a fighter in the military militia, the April 19 Movement, which later turned into a party called the M19 Democratic Alliance. He then ran for the Senate for the Alternative Democratic Party (PDA) after the 2006 Colombian parliamentary elections and was elected a member with the second highest voter turnout. In 2009, he resigned to run for the 2010 Colombian presidential election, finishing fourth in the race. After ideological disagreements with the leaders of the Alternative Democratic Party (PDA), Petro founded the Humanitarian Colombian Movement and ran for mayor of Bogota. On October 30, 2011, he was elected Mayor of Bogotá, a position he held on January 1, 2012. He received the global award “Climate and Cities Leadership Award” in 2013 for his achievements during his tenure as Mayor of Bogotá. In the first round of the 2018 Colombian presidential election, he came in second with more than 25% of the vote on May 27, and lost in the run-off election on June 17.