Former rebel Gustavo Petro wins Colombia's presidential election

BOGOTA, Colombia — Former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly won a runoff election

over a political outsider millionaire Sunday, ushering in a new era of politics for

Colombia by becoming the country's first leftist president.

Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, got 50.48% of the votes,

while real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernández had 47.26%, with almost all ballots

counted, according to results released by election authorities.

Petro's victory underlined a drastic change in presidential politics for a country that

has long marginalized the left for its perceived association with the armed conflict.

Petro himself was once a rebel with the now-defunct M-19 movement and was granted