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IVÁN DUQUE AND GUSTAVO PETRO WILL RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF COLOMBIA

Bogota / The representative for the opposition party, Democratic Centre, Iván Duque, and the former mayor of Bogota Gustavo Petro let their electoral muscle be seen by winning the consultations of the right and the left to choose candidates for the Presidency of Colombia, whose first round will be on May 27.

In what is considered the first pulse for the presidential elections, in which about ten candidates will compete, the right’s dominance became evident in the referendum.

According to today registered by National Civil State, which organizes the voting in Colombia, with 98.84% of the scrutinized Duque obtained 4,017,989 votes against the 1,531,840 ballots of the ex-conservative minister Marta Lucia Ramirez and the 383,130 votes of the former ultraconservative attorney Alejandro Ordóñez.

According to the agreements of the right, Duque made official that Ramírez was his presidential candidate and Ordóñez promised to work to help them get the Presidency.

The candidate, who was surrounded in his speech by Ramírez y Ordóñez as well as by former President Andrés Pastrana, said he was hopeful of “fulfilling the dream” of “giving Colombia its first female vice-president of the Republic.”

On the other side, Petro, ex-guerrilla of the 19 de Abril Movement (M-19) and accused of being a follower of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, won the other consultation called Social Inclusion for Peace.

Petro received 2,834,062 votes while his opponent and only rival, the former mayor of Santa Marta Carlos Caicedo, received 512,852 votes.

“We believe that we can win the Presidency of the Republic,” Petro told reporters when referring to the elections of May 27, date of the first round.

With today’s results, Duque and Petro are joining other confirmed presidential candidates such as former vice presidents Germán Vargas Lleras and Humberto de la Calle, the former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, and former minister Juan Carlos Pinzón, among others. (March 12, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que…
A
se han dado a conocer los resultados de las últimas elecciones generales en Colombia.
B
unos partidos políticos han hecho unas consultas para elegir a sus candidatos presidenciales.
C
es posible que unos partidos políticos hagan unas consultas para elegir a sus candidatos.
Question 2
Según el texto, Iván Duque obtuvo…
A
poco más de unos 400.000 votos.
B
poco más de 4 millones de votos en esa consulta.
C
obtuvo casi 4 millones y medio de votos.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que Duque es el candidato de un partido progresista.
A
Nadie lo sabe.
B
Así es.
C
En absoluto.
Question 4
Cuando Duque supo que había ganado…
A
dijo que Ramírez sería una excelente presidenta de Colombia.
B
dijo que contaría con Ramírez como compañera en la candidatura presidencial.
C
dijo que quizá Ramírez podría ser su número dos en su candidatura presidencial.
Question 5
Según el texto, el candidato Gustavo Petro es afín al chavismo.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 6
En la noticia se dice que Gustavo Petro será…
A
el candidato de un partido de izquierdas para estas elecciones.
B
el número dos de Duque en su carrera presidencial.
C
el nuevo presidente de Colombia.
Question 7
Petro obtuvo…
A
más de dos millones novecientos mil votos.
B
casi tres millones de votos.
C
solo unos pocos miles votos.
Question 8
La primera vuelta de las elecciones…
A
va a ser a finales del mes de mayo.
B
va a ser el mes que viene.
C
tendrá lugar a finales de este mes.
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