that andAntioquia Department Governor Luis Perez withdrew his candidacy for the presidential election in Colombia the next 29 May, despite the fact that his chances were almost zero and indicating that political polarization Your center leaves no choice but to offer.
The candidate assured that, despite reaching the campaign with the support of 1.2 million signatures (a necessary requirement if it is not supported by any party), he found “a polarized environment full of hate, and is divided between ‘good and bad’ and ‘bad and good,’ depending on which you decide”.
“They are destroying the wealth of dissent and legitimizing intolerance as a bad style of doing politics,” he said in a statement.
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Perez, 70, was governor of Antioquia between 2016 and 2020 and mayor of Medellin between 2001 and 2004, just before Sergio Fajardo, who is a centrist candidate and whose elections left him in a position far from the House. Narino, despite the fact that in the previous competition it was very close to passing Second Round,
In addition, his campaign was tarnished when the leader of the Clan del Golfo, Dario Antonio Osuga, aka “Otonial”, named him in a 2011 video, which was made public saying that he was He had received illegal aid for his campaign for mayor of Medellin and was close to the narco extradited to the US, Henri de Jesus López, aka “Me Sangre”.
Now the facts have been refuted by the former candidate and they are not proved nor are there any formal charges against him.
the reality is that Perez was one of the onlyFinal candidate with intent to voteWith 0.3%, according to the latest Yanhas poll conducted for the RCN channel and published last night, that leaves the leftist Gustavo Petro with 40%, against the former Mayor of Medellin Federico “Fico” Gutierrez with 21% . ,
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In the second round to be held on 19 June, because according to those results no one would get 50% in the first round, Petro, who was mayor of Bogotá, would win the Presidency with 47% of the votes, while “Fico” would get 34%.
Luis Perez withdraws as presidential candidate