Formel Rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election over a political outsider millionaire Sunday
ushering in a new era of politics for Colombia by becoming the country's first leftist president.
Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency
got 50.48% of the votes
while real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernández had 47.26%
with almost all ballots counted, according to results released by election authorities.
Petro's victory underlined a drastic change in presidential politics for a country
that has long marginalized the left for its perceived association with the armed conflict.