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Colombia’s History of Violence Divides Families at Election

  • Leftist Petro has a lead among the young demanding change
  • Many older voters distrust Petro and are backing his rival
Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernandez will be facing off in Colombia’s runoff presidential election on June 19.
Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernandez will be facing off in Colombia’s runoff presidential election on June 19.Source: Bloomberg
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Colombia’s presidential election this weekend is more than just a choice between political models -- it’s a contest that’s dividing the generations like no other.

Gustavo Petro, 62, a former guerrilla fighter who says he wants to end an economic model based on oil and coal, has a wide lead among younger voters who grew up during during the relative peace of the last decade.