Elections in Colombia: “Whoever Wins, Let the Polarization Continue”


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This is a country divided into two, one with an extreme left that fuels divisions in social networks all the time and a right that attacks the virtual universe with equal rigor. But the aggressiveness in this election campaign has overcome all odds and has not limited itself to cursing its main rival in favor of Gustavo Petro, I live in Gutierrez, a liberal independent who is accused of being the cover of lavro uribe, His darts have hit even the centrist candidate, Sergio FajardoDoctor in mathematics, former mayor of Medellin and former governor of Antioquia, who is said to have a derogatory tone of “humming” and who never goes to the ring to deliver or defend himself Left,

“Fajardo Push that no one believes that he is a creature of light and reminds him that he is a tremendous Hizoputa, go eat starred Nonsense, malperido!”, chirped this weekend levi rinkna, one of the most popular tweeters who support Gustavo Petro. And all because the coalition candidate has removed the discrepancies in the candidate’s economic promises. historical agreement,

In the last presidential debate held on Friday of this week, Sergio Fajardo demonstrated, with data prepared by his prestigious economic team, that if Petro did what he said, He’ll have to double down on tax reform in his plan And even with this he could not fulfill his election promises.

“The presidential election in my country is the final chapter in the battle for the collective imagination in Latin America that, unfortunately for all of us, the radical left has managed to win,” he tells this newspaper. Francis Santso, who was Vice President of lvaro Uribe, Ambassador to Washington with the current government of Ivan Duque and current political analyst. “Whoever planted in Peru Peter Castle And, in Chile, Gabriel BorikFollows a strategy of many years, with a social network of amplifiers, to name just two. They have managed to impose a disastrous narrative for democracy and rights, as well as to freedom of trade and the press. He says that all officers except him are corrupt; That the media pursues only commercial and fascist interests, and health and education only for the rich, despite the enormous progress of recent decades”.

And the fact remains that the degree of confrontation has made the atmosphere unbearable and has sown an atmosphere of mistrust towards electoral officials like never before. The National Registry responsible for conducting the elections is under a cloud of doubt, as the landmark treaty condemned fraud in legislative elections last March and said the entity was forced to review the data. Finally, and without offering an explanation that will satisfy all parties, In the end, more than half a million votes were allocated to the Petro movement. To the detriment of other political forces.

“The polarization we are experiencing in Colombia will continue regardless of who wins the lesson. The one who loses will shout fraud because what is happening is a crisis.Not only in terms of democracy, but in terms of institutions, and that worries me a lot,” analyzes for this newspaper Kathryn Miranda, deputy for the Green Party and one of the country’s highest-voters, who Sergio Fajardo left Gustavo’s team Petro as head of the debate, a prominent position in the campaigns.

“The next few weeks are going to be worse, with no time to review anything, with only two to revise the card and send all the material to the regions, which creates an atmosphere of uncertainty about the results. Additionally, are a serious problem. Pre-count is what will be counted as votes cannot be recounted, But we didn’t get the opportunity to review your software. And we don’t even know for certain whether Audit was hired. It doesn’t give any of us confidence.”

He also finds it troubling that weekends, without time to discover new names, are directed by the National Registry, Inquiry. Alexander Vega, the historic agreement would eliminate eight thousand election witnesses who had already been recognized in Congress and Senate elections in March. “We go blindfolded to vote. We will never be able to verify whether or not fraud took place and we cannot be irresponsible and point a finger at anyone., because where is the institutionality? It’s time to accept the consequences,” Miranda says.

Armando Benedetti, a former senator from Santo Domingo and now a key player in Petro’s campaign, assured in a trill that “democracy is being violated by the registry,” he added in another of his writings on Twitter.

“There are eight electoral observation missions and 27 electoral organizations”On top of the whole process, Alexander answers Vega, who has had to work hard to clear up questions about his unit.

At the bottom of all controversies is polarization which has made it impossible for the nation to seal the agreements of the government and the opposition on any important issue. Petro calls the Duque government a murderer and some of his close aides spread the lie that Fico Gutierrez is, without evidence, a file from Envigado’s shadowy office belonging to the Mafia. On the opposite side, they remind the candidate of the extreme left wing of his guerrilla past. “Petro may have laid down his arms, but he never dropped his soul”, That outlaw spirit keeps him and will keep him until the end,” Gutierrez once said, in response to the kind of attacks he receives.

Given the degree of the confrontation, many analysts predicted that this would be the moment Colombia would set its eyes on an alternative to the polarization-oblivious center. However, Sergio Fajardo, who had won his group’s primaries, never took off. After all, in a campaign dominated by social networks, at the end of the day it was better for Petro, who sets the agenda with his incendiary diatribe, or the one who issues the most original phrases.

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