Colombia celebrates the beginning of a “new era” of change, led by Gustavo Petro. Thousands of Colombians showed their enthusiasm in Bogotá, during the investiture ceremony of the new president, the first left-wing president of Colombia. His compatriots have high hopes for him.
Petro, 62, a former guerrilla member of the M-19 group, has promised to fight against inequality and for peace. He is willing, he has said, to start peace talks with armed groups throughout the country. The Clan del Golfo, the largest criminal gang in Colombia, announced this Sunday “a unilateral cessation of offensive hostilities” to seek “paths of peace” in the face of the “different era” that is opening in Colombia.
Enthusiasm also in Venezuela
The joy for the investiture of Petro reached neighboring Venezuela. Colombians and Venezuelans celebrated the change at the main border crossing, the Simón Bolívar international bridge, with a concert entitled ‘Give me your hand my brother for peace and life’.
Petro received congratulations from anti-Chavista leaders and also from the president of Venezuela. Through Twitter, Nicolás Maduro urged him to “rebuild brotherhood” between the two countries.
“I extend my hand to the people of Colombia and to President Gustavo Petro to rebuild brotherhood based on respect and love between peoples,” Maduro said in a video posted on his Twitter account.