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At 8:00 a.m. this Sunday, May 29, the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, went to his polling station located in Plaza de Bolívar, at table number 01, and exercised his right to vote. accompanied by the First Lady, María Juliana Ruiz, and her entire entourage. The more than 39 million Colombians eligible to vote in the country and abroad are expected to do the same to choose his successor in the most important public office in Colombia.
From the place, the president of the Colombians, after casting his vote, expressed “Long live democracy!”. He also spoke to Colombians and pointed out that “today we participate in a new democratic day. I invite all Colombians to vote with enthusiasm, without hatred, without bias, it is a strengthening of the democracy of our country”.
He thanked the voting jurors, witnesses, staff of the electoral organization who will work throughout the day and said that he hopes that the strength of the institutions will be demonstrated.
“We want this day to pass in peace, in tranquility. I have no doubt that the entire Democracy Plan operation will be fully carried out and our Police and Army officers will guarantee the right to vote throughout the country,” said the president.
Also on site were the registrar Alexander Vega and the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López.
With today’s results, the new President of the Republic could be known, who will take office on August 7, when Iván Duque leaves power. However, according to the voting polls carried out in recent days, in the midst of the candidates’ campaign, it is anticipated that citizens will have to go to the polls once again for a second round, which would take place on the 19th of June.
According to these polls, the candidates who will probably go to a second round will be Gustavo Petro, from the Historical Pact, and Federico Gutiérrez, from the Team for Colombia; coincidentally, the politicians who represent the two extremes of the country, the left and the right, respectively.
After them would be the candidates Rodolfo Hernández, independent candidate; Sergio Fajardo, from the Centro Esperanza Coalition; Enrique Gómez, for the National Salvation Movement; and John Milton Rodríguez, from Colombia Justa Libres.
Although President Iván Duque has not expressed his specific support for any candidate, he has publicly stated his differences with the candidate of the Historical Pact. In the same way, the president’s party, Democratic Center, has not announced that it supports any of the candidates mentioned above, but it is believed that the party’s militants will vote for Fico Gutiérrez; in fact, Nubia Stella Martínez, director of the party, has been seen accompanying the former mayor of Medellín at his campaign events.
The president’s statements, throughout the electoral campaign, have been criticized by citizens and even national institutions, since many consider that his words influence politics, even without giving proper names. This is why the Administrative Court of Cundinamarca has already warned the president that he should keep restraint in his comments.
“Iván Duque Márquez, in his capacity as President of the Republic and public servant, has restrictions on his prerogative to communicate his opinions regarding the qualities of who could be his successor, since, as already indicated, he is the first leader and magistrate of the nation”, they asserted from the Court.
This call for attention has been given to Duke’s statements in the media or press conferences. For example, the newspaper El Tiempo referred to Federico Gutiérrez, describing him as “a man with great managerial capacity, great human quality, close to people, sensitive and with a very nice family”; The problem was that in said dialogue the president only spoke about this candidate and the other pre-candidates who accompanied him in Team for Colombia.
Days later, before the microphones of Caracol Radio, Iván Duque expressed that “they intend that, when the President of the Republic is asked not about candidates, but about issues of national interest, he does not speak out and that is clearly a violation of constitutional law. of freedom of expression”.
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