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June 18, 2018

Meet the Youngest President of Colombia - Ivan Duque

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Democratic Center Party's Ivan Duque was elected Colombia’s next leader after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels.

Mr Duque will be sworn in as the country’s new leader on August 7, a week after his 42nd birthday, making him the youngest elected leader in Colombia’s 132-year history as a republic.

Duque captured almost 54% of the vote, putting him 12 points ahead of former leftist guerrilla Gustavo Petro in a tense runoff election that had appeared to be tightening in recent days. His running mate, Marta Lucía Ramirez, will become Colombia's first female vice-president.

Note : This was the first of three big presidential elections in Latin America this year, in the three most populous countries in the region. Mexico holds its election next on July 1 followed by Brazil in October.

About Colombia :
  • Capital : Bogotá
  • Official language : Spanish
  • Currency : Peso
  • President : Ivan Duque (from August)
  • Vice President : Marta Lucía Ramirez (from August)
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