The Democratic Center party, founded by former President Alvaro Uribe, will be the one with the most senators and the second with the most representatives to the House, while the right-wing candidate Ivan Duque was the most voted candidate in the presidential consultations.The Democratic Center party , founded by former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, became the first political force in the Colombian Congress after last Sunday’s elections, as the movement with more senators and the second with more representatives to the Camera.
With 94.08% of the Senate votes counted, the Democratic Center obtained 16.56% of the votes, which guarantees 19 seats.
Behind were also the right-wing Cambio Radical, with 13.84% of the votes and 16 senators; followed by the Conservative Party, 12.45% and 15; the Liberal Party, 12.41% and 14; the Partido de la U, 11.95% and 14; and Green Alliance, 8.72% and 10.
Below were the leftist Polo Democratico Alternativo (PDA), 4.86% of the votes and five senators; Coalition List of Decency, 3.49% of the votes and four seats, as well as the Evangelical party MIRA, with 3.31% of the votes and three seats in the upper house.
The two senators of the special indigenous constituency were divided by the Alternative Indigenous and Social Movement (MAIS) and the Movement of Indigenous Authorities of Colombia (MAIC).
On the other hand, the Liberal Party was the one that received most support to the House of Representatives with 94.47% counted.
Liberals obtained 16.56% of the votes and 35 seats, which place them ahead of the Democratic Center with 16.16% of the supports and 32 representatives; Radical Change, 14.28% and 30; Party of the U 12.17% and 25; Conservative Party, 12.16% and 21; and Green Alliance 6.03% and 9 deputies.
Duque- Petro, the presidential rivalry
On the other hand, the Uribist Ivan Duque and the ex-mayor of Bogota Gustavo Petro showed their electoral muscle by winning respectively the consultations of the right and the left to choose candidates for the Presidency of Colombia, whose first round will be on May 27.
In what is considered the first pulse for the presidential elections, in which about ten candidates will compete, the right’s dominance became evident in the referendum.
With 98,84% counted, Duque obtained 4,017,989 votes, equivalent to 67.72% of the total, compared to the 1,531,884 ballots of the former conservative minister Marta Lucia Ramirez (25.81%), and the 383,130 votes (6.45%) of the ex-attorney Alejandro Ordonez.
The sum of the three right-wing candidates borders the six million votes, a representative volume to give the fight in the presidential elections.
The right-wing candidate, who was surrounded in his speech by Ramírez and Ordonez, as well as by former president Andres Pastrana, said he was hopeful of “fulfilling the dream” of “giving Colombia its first female vice president of the Republic.”
From the outset, Duque said his candidacy embodies the vision of many Colombians who fear that the country will turn left and take the first steps to become “a second Venezuela” by ensuring that it will not allow the advance of populism.
“We do not want the populist temptations of authoritarianism that ruined Venezuela to come to our country,” he said.
On the other side, Petro, ex-guerrilla of the 19 de Abril Movement (M-19) and designated as a follower of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, easily won the other consultation, called Social Inclusion for Peace.
Petro received 2,834,062, representing 84.67%, leaving his only rival without options, the former mayor of Santa Marta Carlos Caicedo, who obtained 512,852 ballots (15.32%).
The former mayor of Bogota has not reported who his candidacy partner will be but he does not rule out Caicedo himself.
Petro, who has been leading the general polls for several weeks, stressed that his political movement, called Colombia Humana, created a few years ago, is already “contesting the Presidency of the Republic,” and insisted that they have “much to gain.”
The leftist is one of the candidates that has mobilized the most people in the public squares and also one of the most controversial that has originated in the national environment due to his controversial statements.
With these results, Duque and Petro join other presidential candidates already confirmed, such as former vice presidents German Vargas Lleras and Humberto de la Calle, former Medellin mayor Sergio Fajardo and former minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.