Colombian leftist Petro leads presidential election poll


FILE PHOTO: Colombian left-wing presidential candidate Gustavo Petro of the Coalition Historic Pact party speaks during the announcement of his chief debater in Bogota, Colombia April 6, 2022. REUTERS/Nathalia Angarita/File Photo

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The leftist former mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, remains the front-runner in Colombia's May 29 presidential election, while center-right candidate Federico Gutierrez has vaulted into second place, according to a poll released on Friday by Invamer.

Petro, who was a member of the M-19 left-wing guerrilla group and governed Colombia's capital between 2012 and 2015, is favored by 43.6% of prospective voters, the poll found, while Gutierrez, a former mayor of Medellin, the country's second-largest city, has 26.7%.

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