Weekly Report - 09 June 2022 (WR-22-23)

COLOMBIA: Cautious opening to second round

The short turnaround between the first and second round of presidential elections in Colombia would normally ensure a surge in electoral activity. But this week has produced little of note. Gustavo Petro is taking time to adjust to the fact that he is facing an unexpected opponent in the form of a populist demagogue who has nullified the left-wing candidate’s main weapon: offering radical change to an electorate weary of the traditional political class. Rodolfo Hernández, meanwhile, is having to weigh how to proceed with his campaign after the first polls since the first round suggested he was no longer an outsider but a slight favourite, having inherited the majority of the vote, predominantly from the right, won by the third-placed candidate, Federico Gutiérrez, in the first round.

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