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Colombia Elects Its First Black Woman Vice-president

 

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Francia Marquez is the first black woman to hold such post.

Gustavo Petro, Francia’s running mate won sunday’s election with 50.45% of the vote, defeating Rodolfo Hernández, a business mogul and gaffe-prone former mayor of Bucaramanga, getting 47%.

Colombia first black female Vice President, Márquez, is a single mother and human rights defender from Colombia’s downtrodden Pacific region.

Marquez won the prestigious Goldman environmental prize in 2018.

During the Sunday evening victory speech Marquez notes “after 214 years we’ve achieved a government of the people, a popular government, of people with callused hands, a government of the people on their feet, of the nobodies of Colombia,” Márquez said at celebration.

She has vowed to stand for the “nobodies” of Colombia.

Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country in South America with an insular region in North America. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Venezuela to the east, Brazil to the southeast, Ecuador and Peru to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Panama to the northwest.

The country has for the last two centuries been ruled by those referred to as the elites. Many described Sunday’s Elections as the beginning of the rule of the ordinary Colombians’ rule.

Population in Colombia is expected to reach 51.95 Million by the end of 2022, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Colombia Population is projected to trend around 52.48 Million in 2023 and 53.01 Million in 2024.

Of the total population of 51,847,725,
males represent 49.2%, that is 25,500,596 while female population is at 50.8%, representing 26,347,129, according to the Colombia Population Country Meter.

 

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