A political earthquake occurred in Colombia last week. At the head of a left-wing coalition, Gustavo Petro won the presidential election with 50.49% of the vote. “It’s the first time in Colombia’s history that the left has come to power,” explains sociologist Leila Celis.
“There is always this resistance in certain parts of the Colombian elites”, affirms Yann Basset, professor of political sciences at the University of Rosario, in Bogota, about the new president.
The two experts also discuss the socio-economic challenges facing Colombia, the revival of tourism in the country and why the appointment of Francia Marquez as vice-president is important.