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Analysis-Colombia’s first leftist leader Gustavo Petro targets inequality; investors on edge

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By Julia Symmes Cobb and Oliver Griffin BOGOTA (Reuters) -The election of Colombia’s first leftist president, Gustavo Petro, is indicative of widespread yearning for a more equal and inclusive society, analysts and business leaders said, but the former guerrilla will need to act fast to reassure investors. Petro, a 62-year-old former mayor of the capital Bogota and current senator, won some 50.4% of votes on Sunday, handily beating construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez. The election of a former guerrilla marks a radical change for a country still scarred by decades of conflict and highlights …

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