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Leftist Petro takes office in Colombia amid economic, social challenges

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By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) – Gustavo Petro will on Sunday become Colombia’s first leftist president, elected by voters who hope he can carry out ambitious social and economic reforms meant to reduce violence and deep inequality in the polarized Andean country. Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrillas, is set to be inaugurated in Bogota’s Bolivar Plaza on Sunday afternoon. Senate president Roy Barreras will swear him in front of some 100,000 people, including Spanish King Felipe VI, at least nine Latin American presidents and regular Colombians invited by Petro. New Vice Preside…

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