Former Colombia Rebel Gustavo Petro Inaugurated as President

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Gustavo Petro, a former member of a leftist guerrilla group that had fought the Colombian state, was inaugurated Sunday as president, a change in a rustic with a historical past of guerrilla wars which have stifled its modernization and polarized its folks.

Standing earlier than tens of hundreds of supporters in Bogotá’s colonial central sq., the 62-year-old Mr. Petro pledged that he would work to decrease poverty and starvation on this nation of fifty million and safe peace by partaking in talks with a number of armed teams. He additionally laid out a platform to redistribute wealth, modernize a poor countryside and undertake environmentally pleasant financial insurance policies.