Colombian President-Elect Gustavo Petro, a former member of a Marxist terrorist organization, announced on Wednesday that he engaged in a friendly conversation with Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro aimed at “normalizing” relations.
Colombia, previously one of the most conservative countries in the region, elected Petro last week in an election riddled with irregularities that Petro himself had denounced as rigged prior to winning it.
Neither Petro nor challenger Rodolfo Hernández, an outsider businessman with no clear political ideology, have challenged the results of the election, and observers like the administration of President Joe Biden celebrated the vote as “free and fair.”
If inaugurated, Petro will become the country’s first-ever far-left president. Petro has promised to greatly expand the country’s social safety net and enhance