The environmental candidate Claudia López becomes the first mayor of Bogotá

The environmental candidate for mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López. – REUTERS / CARLOS JULIO MARTINEZ – Archive


The environmental candidate Claudia López has won the municipal elections that took place this Sunday in Bogotá, so she will become the first mayor of the Colombian capital, according to official results.

The environmental candidate Claudia López becomes the first mayor of Bogotá
The environmental candidate Claudia López becomes the first mayor of Bogotá

With 97.7 percent of the scrutiny completed, López, who competes for the electoral platform of the Green Party and the Democratic Pole, has obtained 35.24 percent of the votes compared to 32.51 which has been added by his main rival, the Luis Carlos Galán independent.

“Thank you Bogotá!” Lopez wrote on Twitter. We show that when we choose what unites us, we not only win but we change history! For the first time in history, we won the Mayor's Office, “he celebrated.

Lopez has managed to reverse the electoral trend. Initially, it led the polls on intention to vote but since last August Galán had surpassed it with a firm step.

The triumph of López, 49, is a milestone for Bogotá because it will be the first woman and the first homosexual person who runs the capital's government, according to Caracol Radio.

The former presidential ex-candidate and candidate began her political career in the 1990s and has always been linked to the left, although in recent years she has focused on environmental positions. He has made himself known among Colombians for his firm fight against corruption.

Colombians have elected more than 3,300 positions on Sunday, including mayors, governors and municipal and regional assemblies. The electoral campaign has been preceded by the wave of violence that the country has suffered since the signing of the peace agreement with the FARC in 2016, although the voting day has been calm.

With 60 percent of the results scrutinized, former Vice Minister of Information Technology and Communications Daniel Quintero will replace Federico Gutiérrez in the Mayor's Office of Medellín, according to information from the local newspaper 'El Espectador'.

With a campaign that began with less than 10 percent of the support for voting, Quintero has been chosen by the people of Medellin as the new mayor of the capital of Antioquia.

Against all odds and after overtaking Alfredo Ramos, son of former Governor Luis Alfredo Ramos (investigated by parapolitics), Quintero will be the new mayor of the city.

Because of the significant Independent movement, the elected mayor of Medellín has thus faced Ramos, champion of the Democratic Center in a city that is the bastion of Uribism.


In Cali, after a campaign of mutual accusations, the candidate of the Green Alliance Jorge Iván Ospina has won 40 percent of the ballots. Ospina, who was already in charge of the Mayor's Office between 2008 and 2011, has had the support of the U party, Renaissance Colombia, Human Colombia and various sectors of Polo and Radical Change.

However, the candidate has a pending debt with the Colombian Justice: on November 15 he will be tried for alleged illegalities when entering into public contracts. In his defense he has assured that “he did not form or order anything.” “They link me as a third party,” he said.

Despite the doubts, the caleños have given their support to Ospina, who is remembered in Cali for her work on health, safety and social welfare issues. One of the great impulses he received during his campaign was the support of the political structure of Dilian Francisca Toro, who tipped the scales in his favor and allowed him to take advantage over Roberto 'Chontico' Ortiz and Alejandro Eder.

Thus, Ospina returns to the Mayor's Office of Cali under the promise of fixing the security and mobility problems that overwhelm the city so much. Likewise, one of his promises is to end the mega-works that were half-full and today remain the center of criticism.


Former FARC guerrilla fighter Guillermo Torres, known as Julián Conrado, has been successful in the battle against the machinery of the traditional parties in Turbaco, in the department of Bolívar. He was chosen by the Human Colombia.

After appearing for Colombia Humana, Torres, who was part of the FARC for more than three decades, has obtained 49 percent of the votes with 83 percent of the polled tables.

Despite having militated in the FARC since the age of 29, Torres was not elected by the party that was born after the now extinct guerrilla left the weapons to enter political life.

On the other hand, in Cúcuta, in Norte de Santander, the surprise comes from the hand of Jairo Tomás Yañez, backed by Alianza Verde. The candidate has advanced Jorge Acevedo, who had the support of those who have been leading the city for decades. The elected governor is Silvano Serrano.

With 77 percent of the tables scrutinized, it has 84,758 votes. This has exceeded Acevedo by more than 15,000 votes, whom they saw in the region as the victorious in the contest for having the support of the traditional parties in their favor and being the candidate of Suárez Corzo.

In Barranquilla, the candidate of the Radical Change Party and signing of the Char, Jaime Alberto Pumarejo Heins, has won 62.49 percent of the votes against Antonio Eduardo Bohórquez Collazos, of the Alternative Democratic Pole Party, which has obtained a 13.38 percent of the ballots.

Rodolfo Hernández, the candidate for the Free Citizens movement and backed by the Green Party, is the new president of Bucaramanga, the capital of Santander, while Gorky Muñoz Calderón is the new mayor of Neiva, in the department of Huila.

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