All Day Colombia Election Coverage
Don't miss out! All Day Updates, interviews, and analysis from Colombia on Election Day: May 29, 9 am to 6 pm ET. Wrap-Up Broadcast from 8 pm to 10 pm ET
Colombia is preparing for elections that are truly unprecedented and could result in the first Center-Left government in Colombian history, and a renewed commitment to the 2016 Peace Accord and the demands of the 2019 and 2021 National Strikes. They could also lead to new levels of political violence and repression, deepening a humanitarian crisis that has forcibly displaced millions of people, and produced a rate of politically motivated killings that claim the lives of activists, human rights defenders, and peace accord signers at a rate of one victim per day. The direction Colombia takes will not only affect the daily lives of Colombians but will have profound implications across the hemisphere and world.
Unfortunately, the electoral season has been marked by massive fraud that occurred in the congressional and primary elections in March. Worse, electoral violence is at its highest level since 2010. Front running presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Pacto Histórico (Historic Pact), Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez, have been threatened repeatedly with assassination. In fact, at their campaign’s closing rally in the Plaza Bolívar, in Bogotá, Marquez was rushed off stage when she was targeted by a laser from a building approximately 400 yards away. There have been a series of irregularities in the season so far, including that, in direct contravention of the law, the commander in chief of the Colombian Armed Forces publicly denounced Petro’s candidacy.
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