Conservative newcomer Iván Duque wins Colombia’s presidential election

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Conservative political newcomer Iván Duque has been elected president of Colombia.

At a victory rally in the capital Bogotá, he pledged to unite the country following a divisive campaign.

But he said he wants to see changes to the historic but controversial peace deal agreed with Farc rebels in 2016.

Mr Duque, who won 54% of the vote, says he will overhaul the agreement that guaranteed the rebels seats in Congress and allowed them to contest elections.

He also says he will impose tougher punishments on crimes allegedly committed by the rebels during the brutal five-decade conflict with the government.

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