Candidates For The Presidency Of Colombia In Search Of Votes

The main candidates for the Presidency of Colombia intensified their tours throughout the country this weekend, visiting up to three cities on the same day, to convince the electorate to give them the vote in the elections on May 29, when the the first lap.

The right-wing candidate, Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez, was on Saturday in Manizales, Armenia and Pereira, cities of the Coffee Region (center), in the latter in the company of the head of the Liberal Party, César Gaviria, and today he visited Sincelejo (north ) before closing the day in Cartagena de Indias.

Meanwhile, the favorite in the polls, Gustavo Petro, from the leftist Historical Pact, who yesterday toured municipalities in the Caribbean department of Sucre, where he emphasized that the peasant must have support to produce more with agricultural technology, resumed his agenda this Sunday in Soacha, south of Bogota.

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Cheap credit and education

Coinciding with the celebration of Teacher’s Day, Petro focused his speech before a crowd in Soacha on the need to bring education and cheap credit to the inhabitants of that city of nearly one million people, many of them displaced by the violence that They have come from other parts of the country.

“Soacha will not be the backyard of Bogotá, but the gateway to the Savannah (of Bogotá),” said Petro, assuring that in this town he will build “public university campuses with free educational services. Here the transformation of electric mobility will begin.” , here the internet will be installed as right”.

The left-wing candidate pointed out that he does not agree that the solution to build a strong economy in that municipality near the capital is the entry of multinationals that provide employment.

“What should be brought here is not so much the salvage multinational, which never arrives, but what should be brought here is cheap credit and not ‘drop by drop’ (an illegal credit system managed by mafias that charge very high interest). high),” he said in the main square of this municipality, the same one where liberal leader Luis Carlos Galán was assassinated 33 years ago.

In his speech, he insisted that Colombia’s youth need to educate themselves and obtain credit to give life to small businesses and boost the country’s economy.

“There are young people who need a university (…) There are young people who need credit systems to reach the municipality of Soacha to be able to build decent housing, or entrepreneurial companies,” he said.

Teacher’s Day was also celebrated by Sergio Fajardo, candidate of the Centro Esperanza coalition and fourth in the polls, who visited the town of San Antonio de Prado, near Medellín (northwest), where he said that “as president professor” he will be in charge ” to dignify this profession that is so important for Colombia”.

“Fico” and the mojana region

On the other hand, the second in the voting intention polls, “Fico” Gutiérrez, from the right-wing coalition Equipo por Colombia, addressed the inhabitants of Sincelejo, capital of Sucre.

To the crowd gathered on Avenida La Paz, “Fico” Gutiérrez promised that if he becomes the president of Colombia, he will seek to bring education, health, employment opportunities and a special plan to the vast rural area of ​​La Mojana.

La Mojana is a sub-region of some 500,000 hectares in the Caribbean departments of Bolívar, Córdoba and Sucre that regulates the flows of the Magdalena, Cauca and San Jorge rivers, three of the most important in the country, and in which some of the largest communities live. Colombian poor.

“I am not a messiah or any savior,” said the candidate, explaining that the plan for La Mojana, which has already been approved by the government, will begin to be executed in the second half of this year and includes roads, works to mitigate ravages of climate change, as well as initiatives in health and education for the people.

In the specific case of Sincelejo, he promised to create employment opportunities, health programs, security and supply drinking water, the latter one of the greatest needs of that regional capital.

He also promised to expand and sustain government aid for the poorest and even said that the current plan, called Solidarity Income, will turn it into “a basic income for five million people.”

“In my government no one will endure hunger,” he emphasized and explained that this will be achieved not only by giving subsidies to the poorest, but also by creating job opportunities, employment and defending democracy.

If none of the candidates obtains half plus one of the votes on May 29, as the polls indicate so far, the two most voted will go to a second round on June 19 to define who will be the next president of Colombia.

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