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AQ Podcast: Petro’s Race to Lose in Colombia?

The former Bogotá mayor's path to the presidency may not be as clear as it looks, says a leading Colombian analyst.
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Gustavo Petro is polling well in the run-up to Colombia’s first-round presidential election on May 29. But recent events suggest the former mayor of Bogotá might struggle to bring more moderate voters to his side. What concessions is he willing to make to build bridges to the center and center-left? And which of his competitors is best positioned to close the gap in the weeks ahead? Joining the AQ podcast this week to offer an unvarnished look at the race and how the frontrunners might govern is Miguel Silva, the founder of Galileo 6, a strategic communications, political and crisis management firm based in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Guests

Miguel Silva is a lawyer, journalist and communications consultant. He is the founder of Galileo 6, a strategic communications, political and crisis management firm based in Bogotá, Colombia.

Benjamin Russell is a guest editor for AQ.

Supplemental reading: 

Is Petro Leaving Behind Colombian Progressives? by Mariana Palau

Wildcard: The 76-Year-Old Newcomer Shaking Up Colombia’s Election by Will Freeman

Does the Colombian Center Stand a Chance? By Theodore Kahn and Silvana Amaya

Meet the Candidates: Colombia


Tags: AQ Podcast, Colombia, Elections, Gustavo Petro, politics, Security
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