Colombia: Statement by the High Representative on the second round of the Presidential elections
Following the recent elections in Colombia, High Representatie/Vice-President Josep Borrell reiterates his congratulations to Gustavo Petro as President-elect and to Francia Márquez as the Vice President-elect.
Colombians have demonstrated their commitment to democracy by turning out to vote in large numbers. Furthermore, the electoral authorities ensured the straightforward conduct of the process. The EU welcomes the commitment of presidential candidate Rodolfo Hernandez and of President Duque to ensure a smooth transition.
In its preliminary findings presented on Tuesday, the EU Electoral Observation Mission, which had also observed the legislative elections on 13 March and the first round of the presidential elections on 29 May, noted a well-organised Election Day in a fairly calm environment. Voting and counting procedures were carried out in a competent, orderly and transparent manner.
Government change and smooth transitions of power are an essential part of democracy.
For the first time in history, a left-wing candidate has won with a popular mandate to build a more inclusive and egalitarian society.
The EU welcomes the President-elect’s commitment to bring the country together and to initiate a national dialogue with all political forces for the benefit of all Colombians.
Colombia is a key partner for the European Union and its Member States. Relations have grown stronger in recent years, with close cooperation across all policy areas particularly on democracy, human rights, peace and security, gender equality, trade and multilateralism. The EU looks forward to working with the new government to further strengthen our partnership.