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Colombia Front-Runner Says He’d Declare Emergency if Elected

  • Senator Gustavo Petro leads all major polls ahead of May vote
  • State of emergency allows goverments to rule by decree
Gustavo Petro

Gustavo Petro

Photographer: Nathalia Angarita/Bloomberg
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Colombian presidential front-runner Gustavo Petro said he’ll declare an “economic emergency” that would allow him to bypass the normal workings of congress if he wins this year’s presidential election. 

Petro, who is leading all major polls ahead of the first-round vote in May, told Blu Radio that the “social catastrophe” of widespread hunger in Colombia justifies such a move.