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A child sits in the “Rodolfoneta” holding a national flag during a caravan showing support for presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez a day ahead of the country’s presidential run-off, in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.

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A child sits in the “Rodolfoneta” holding a national flag during a caravan showing support for presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez a day ahead of the country’s presidential run-off, in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Ivan Valencia/AP

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombians were choosing between a former rebel and an unpredictable millionaire Sunday in a presidential runoff that promises to reshape the country after a first round election that punished the established political class.

Polls show leftist Gustavo Petro and outsider Rodolfo Hernández — both former mayors — practically tied since topping four other candidates in the initial May 29 election in which neither received enough votes to win outright, forcing the runoff. About 39 million people are eligible to vote Sunday, but abstentionism has been above 40% in every presidential election since 1990.

The vote comes amid widespread discontent over rising inequality, inflation and violence — factors that led voters in the first round to turn their backs on the long-governing centrist and right-leaning politicians and chose two outsiders in Latin America’s third-most populated nation.

Petro, a 62-year-old senator, is in his third presidential campaign. His victory would put an end to voters’ long-held marginalization of the left due to its association with the nation’s long armed conflict. Petro was once a rebel with the now-defunct M-19 movement and was granted amnesty after being jailed for his involvement with the group.



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