Colombians vote in divisive presidential election

STORY: “The truth is we want a change in our country. And we need to go out and exercise that right (to vote) to get that change we desire so much,” said Alexandra Ramirez, who voted in the capital, Bogota.

After casting his vote in Bogota, Colombian President Ivan Duque said he hoped that the election day would be peaceful and calm.

Gustavo Petro, a leftist former mayor of Bogota and member of the M-19 guerrilla group and current senator, is consistently leading opinion polls with around 40% support, ten points below what he would need to secure the presidency without a June second round.

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