Petro’s triumph, “threat to the region”: Governor of Florida

After the victory of Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, affirmed that the left is a growing threat to the continent

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was “disappointed” on Monday with the election of Gustavo Petro as the next president of Colombia by pointing out that the left is a growing threat in the region.

“The election in Colombia of a former Marxist narco-terrorist is worrying and disappointing,” assured the Republican.

He stressed that the spread of totalitarian leftist ideology in the region “is a growing threat.”

“Florida stands with Colombian-Americans on the side of freedom,” DeSantis added.

In the same vein, the Florida Democratic Party spoke noting that Petro has been “aligned in the past” with the policies of Cuba and Venezuela.

For Manny Díaz, president of the Florida Democratic Party, both the Castros in Cuba, as well as former president Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, “They have brought so much pain and suffering to Cubans and Venezuelans.”

The formation congratulated the democratic day that Colombia lived yesterday Sunday in the second electoral round, but she was concerned about Petro, the first leftist to win the presidency of Colombia.

“My most sincere hope is that Petro respects the Colombian Constitution and protects private property, the freedom of the press and the private industry that has brought so much prosperity to Colombia in recent decades,” Díaz, of Cuban origin, said in a statement.

With around a million Colombian immigrants, Florida is the state with the largest population of such nationals in the United States.

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President Maduro congratulated the elected president of Colombia on Sunday and assured that “new times are in sight for this brother country.”

Petro, candidate of the Historical Pact coalition, obtained 11 million 279 thousand 917 votes (50.44 percent) in the second round against his rival, the independent populist Rodolfo Hernández, of the Anti-Corruption Governors League, who reached 10 million 576 thousand 617 votes (47.31 percent).

62-year-old economist and former member of the M19 guerrilla group, Petro will succeed, as of August 7, the president of Colombia, the uribista Iván Duque, and will govern in the period 2022-2026.

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