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Ivan Duque wins Colombia's presidential election

Ivan Duque wins Colombia's presidential election

Ivan Duque, a conservative former lawmaker, will be sworn in as Colombia's next president after he swamped his leftist rival in the country's second-round election on Sunday (Jun 17).

Conservative Ivan Duque has won Colombia's presidential election, the first since a landmark peace deal that brought an end to more than 50 years of conflict. With nearly all the votes counted, Duque secured 54 percent on Sunday, comfortably ahead of his leftist rival Gustavo Petro, at 42 percent.

About four percent of the voters submitted spoiled ballots, according to electoral officials.

In the capital, Bogota, enthusiastic Duque supporters honked car horns even before final results were announced.

Polls opened at 13:00 GMT and closed at 21:00 GMT after a day of peaceful voting.

In May's first round, Duque came first with nearly 40 percent of the vote, while Petro received 25 percent.

- Source: News agencies