Conservative Iván Duque Wins Colombia's Presidential Election

Iván Duque, a pro-business conservative who’s spent much of his career working as a policy adviser in Washington, D.C., has won Colombia's presidential election. Duque, who’s pledged to loosen regulations for businesses and fight the country’s soaring drug trade, won 10.3 million votes on Sunday—54 percent of the total—edging out his opponent, former leftist militant Gustavo Petro. “A new generation has come to govern with the biggest vote in support in the history of our country,” said Duque following his victory. “Today, there are no citizens who have been defeated. I want to be the president of those who voted for me and against me.” There are fears Duque’s victory could endanger a peace agreement with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which was signed in 2016 and formally ended 52 years of civil war that left 220,000 dead and seven million displaced.