BOGOTA – Under the slogan that it’s time for a new generation to run the Colombian government, Uribe’s choice Ivan Duque, who is leading in the polls, hopes to win the presidency this Sunday at age 41 with the idea that, more than the present, he must look to the future.
Unknown until a short time ago, this Bogota native born on Aug. 1, 1976, an amateur magician, crazy about the his country’s vallenato music, tango and rock, and a fan of Queen, Van Halen, Kiss, and Guns N’ Roses, has climbed up the ranks of his party until last May 27 he won the most votes in the first presidential round with 7.5 million ballots in his favor.
That day, as the Democratic Center candidate sponsored by former President Alvaro Uribe, he showed at the polls that with his tough talk against rebel groups but in favor of domestic and foreign investment, innovation and entrepreneurship, he has attracted a significant percentage of the population.
Duque, who could become Colombia’s second-youngest head of state after Alberto Lleras Camargo assumed the presidency at age 39 back in 1945, presents himself as the choice of voters tired of the same old leaders.
His road to the Casa de Nariño, seat of the presidency, began as a senator in the 2014-2018 period, during which he demonstrated his power of renovation compared with the old political fixtures, while showing himself to be among the most brilliant and most diligent of that legislature.
Though his rivals might look down on his lack of experience, he replies that his career is similar to that of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Proof of the new atmosphere is the self-confidence of this fan of the America Club of Cali when it’s his time to show his soccer skills in front of the cameras and the emotion when he sings vallenatos together with the great voices of traditional Colombian music like Silvestre Dangond, Poncho Zuleta and Jorge Celedon.
A year ago, when the campaign began, many Colombian said they would vote “for whoever Uribe says,” and that turned out to be Duque.