Colombians Pick Candidates In Two Primaries For May Presidential Election | 3/11/2018 | Staff
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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro will lead their respective coalitions in Colombia’s May presidential election after winning primaries on Sunday.

Duque, a protégé of former President Alvaro Uribe and the standard bearer for the Democratic Center party, beat fellow candidates Marta Lucia Ramirez and Alejandro Ordonez for his coalition’s nomination.

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He got more than 3.9 million votes and 96 percent of the votes counted.

Petro, a prominent leftist, former member of the disbanded M-19 guerrilla group and former mayor of Bogota, defeated Carlos Caicedo for their left-wing coalition’s nomination, with 2.7 million votes and 96 percent of votes counted.

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That represented about 30 percent fewer votes than Duque, though the two have been close in presidential vote polls.

Voters were allowed to vote in one primary and also voted in legislative elections, in which no party won a majority.

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Many Colombians will have voted strategically in the primaries, hoping to influence candidate selection for the presidential vote on May 27.

Duque and Petro are among several other candidates running for the presidency, including former mayor of Medellin Sergio Fajardo and ex-vice president German Vargas Lleras.

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Duque, 41, is a lawyer and senator who worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and United Nations. He has enjoyed solid showing in polls, coming within the margin of error behind Petro in the most recent presidential survey.

Supporters of 57-year-old Petro’s Colombia Humana party highlight his work to improve conditions for the poor. He has pledged to create a “social economy” that will shift the economy from oil toward agriculture.

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Some voters gathered outside polling places to protest a shortage of ballots for the primaries. But...
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