June 17, 2018 / 9:57 PM / a month ago

Right-wing Duque wins Colombian presidency, beating leftist Petro

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque was elected Colombia’s president on Sunday beating leftist rival Gustavo Petro in a win that allays fears the country’s economic model will be overhauled but raises the prospect a peace accord with Marxist rebels will be changed.

Presidential candidate Ivan Duque gestures after casting his vote at a polling station, during the presidential election in Bogota, Colombia June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

With 97 percent of polling stations counted, Duque had 54 percent of votes, while Petro had 42 percent.

Reporting by Bogota newsroom; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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