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Petro Meets His Archenemy Uribe as Colombia Outreach Continues

  • Leaders agree to work to maintain an open channel of dialog
  • Uribe expresses concern over plans to overhaul pension system
Gustavo Petro, Colombia's president-elect, left, and Francia Marquez, Colombia's vice president-elect, during an election night rally following the runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. 

Gustavo Petro, Colombia's president-elect, left, and Francia Marquez, Colombia's vice president-elect, during an election night rally following the runoff presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. 

Photographer: Andres Cardona/Bloomberg

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro met with the nation’s most powerful leader in recent history, Alvaro Uribe, as he seeks to form a coalition that will allow him to garner a majority in Congress. 

Petro, who takes office Aug. 7, has been meeting with leaders from the main political parties in a bid to form what he calls a “Broad Front” that will give him enough seats to get an ambitious agenda passed in Congress, including tax and pension reforms.