WORLD UN chief welcomes holding of presidential elections in Colombia


UN chief welcomes holding of presidential elections in Colombia


07:28, June 21, 2022

Two men read a local newspaper the day after Gustavo Petro was elected President on a tense election on June 20, 2022, in Bogota. (Photo: AFP)

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the peaceful holding of presidential elections in Colombia.

"The secretary-general welcomes the largely peaceful conduct of the election, which reaffirms the strength of Colombian democracy and the progress brought about by the peace process," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN chief, in a statement.

Gustavo Petro was elected president of Colombia on Sunday in the second round of elections.

Guterres commended the people of Colombia for their participation and historic voter turnout in the second round of the presidential elections, Dujarric said in the statement, adding that the UN chief also welcomed the ongoing dialogue to ensure a harmonious transition between the outgoing and incoming administrations.

"The secretary-general reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to work with the incoming administration and the people of Colombia on shared priorities of consolidating peace, advancing human rights and sustainable development," said the statement.

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