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a man reads a local newspaper in Bogota after conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia's runoff election a man reads a local newspaper in Bogota after conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia's runoff election  (AFP or licensors)

Colombia's new President vows to make changes to historic peace agreement

As expected, right of center candidate Ivan Duque, has won the Colombian Presidential Election second round runoff. James Blears reports that he could now alter, amend and toughen the fabric of the 2016 Peace Agreement, which ended more than half a century of civil war.

By James Blears

With almost all of the votes counted, Ivan Duque of the Center Democratic Party, has 54 percent of the vote, while Gustavo Petro of the Humane Colombia Movement has almost 42 percent. Petro has already conceded defeat.

Duque, a protogee of former President Alvaro Uribe, must now move out of and away from his giant encoraching shadow. Pro investment, mining and petroleum, Duque staunchly opposes the 2016 Peace Agreement. He's promising to make hard line structural changes to it, calling for courts to deliver proportional punishments for war crimes. He says there will be no impunity, which means The Colombian Military as well as the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...the FARC, must be held more fully accountable for a litany of crimes against humanity, during 52 bitter years.

The youngest President Elect in Colombia's history, 41 year old Ivan Duque has prematurely gray hair. The responsibility, problems and issues he now faces could turn that to snow white.

Listen to James Blears' report

 

18 June 2018, 15:58