On Thursday, June 16 at 19:30 GMT:
Colombians will head to the polls once more on June 19, in what’s anticipated to be an in depth run-off presidential election between two anti-establishment candidates: leftist Gustavo Petro and conservative populist Rodolfo Hernandez. It’s an important time for the nation, with rising numbers of Colombians dealing with poverty, excessive revenue inequality, and a resurgence in cartel-related violence.
The left has by no means received the presidency earlier than in Colombia, a nation historically dominated by right-wing elites. The winner of this election will substitute conservative president Ivan Duque, an unpopular chief who endured widespread protests towards financial inequality final yr.
Petro is a senator, a former mayor of Bogota, and a former member of the armed group M-19. He has vowed tax will increase, growth of social programmes, and a progressive local weather coverage that may finish new oil exploration. His marketing campaign guarantees have rattled the enterprise class, and each Petro and his environmental activist working mate Francia Marquez have seen their share of assassination threats.
The shock challenger to Petro is millionaire businessman and actual property tycoon Rodolfo Hernandez. Simply up to now few weeks, social media has helped propel the recognition of the unbiased candidate. Hernandez, described as “Colombia’s Trump”, is working as a pro-business, anti-establishment candidate with an anti-corruption agenda.
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll focus on what’s at stake in Colombia’s upcoming vote. Be part of the dialog.
On this episode of The Stream, we converse with:
Laura Gamboa, @l_gamboag
Assistant professor, College of Utah
Silvana Amaya, @silvanaamayaa
Political threat analyst
Elizabeth Dickinson, @dickinsonbeth
Senior analyst, Disaster Group