Iván Duque, member of the Centro Democrático (Democratic Center) party, founded by the former president, Álvaro Uribe, was elected as the new president of Colombia with unprecedented support in the second round of the elections against the opposition candidate, the former mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro.
Duque managed to obtain 9,673,022 votes, compared to 7,402,594 votes of Petro, according to data from the National Electoral Council of Colombia (CNE).
Iván Duque is 42 years old and arrives at the Palacio de Nariño as the youngest elected president. He holds a Law Degree from Sergio Arboleda University, a Master’s Degree in Economic Law from American University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University; his work experience highlights his roles as Senator of the Republic of Colombia 2014-2018, Head of the Division of Culture, Creativity and Solidarity at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Chief Advisor of the Executive Directorate for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Senior Advisor Research Panel on the Mavi Marmara Incident between Turkey and Israel - UN.
Duque is a strong critic of the economic policies of the former president, Juan Manuel Santos and has proposed measures such as tax reduction. In terms of security he adopted many of the principles that Alvaro Uribe executed as president.
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