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Colombians cautiously optimistic ahead of leftist Petro’s inauguration

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By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombians are expressing cautious optimism about the government of incoming leftist President Gustavo Petro, days before he takes office on promises to reshape the polarized country with a raft of reforms and social programs. Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrillas and erstwhile senator, will on Sunday become the first leftist to govern Colombia, which has historically elected centrist and right-wing leaders. Petro has pledged to fight inequality with free university education and pension reform, reopen relations with neighboring Venezuela, fully …

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