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Colombian Leftist Front-Runner Says Assassination Risk Very High

Gustavo Petro is leading in the polls ahead of May 29 presidential elections with a radical platform that would upend Colombia’s economic model.

Police, bodyguards and anti-explosives experts are on high alert to prevent assassins from getting to Colombia’s most divisive presidential candidate in the final weeks before elections.  

Colombia is the only major country in Latin America that’s never had a leftist leader, and polls suggest it’s about to get one in Gustavo Petro. That’s raising the campaign temperature in a country with a history of political violence.