Presidential candidate Ivan Duque and his candidate for Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez celebrate after he won the presidential election in Bogota, Colombia, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff
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Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday's election, pledged to unite his South American nation after a divisive campaign but insisted he would change a landmark peace accord with leftist rebels.In the first presidential election since the 2016 peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Duque worried Colombians with a promise to overhaul the accord that ended a five-decade conflict which killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.Surrounded by friends and family, Duque thanked voters for handing him the biggest electoral victory in Colombia's history based on number of votes received. Duque, 41, the business friendly protege of hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, has promised to toughen the peace deal while keeping Colombia's business friendly economic policies intact.Petro won 8 million votes versus 10.3 million for Duque.A one-term senator, Duque worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington until 2014, when Uribe asked him to return to Colombia and take a seat in Congress.
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