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Colombia elects conservative as president

BOGOTA, Colombia - Conservative Ivan Duque easily defeated left-wing former guerrilla Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential runoff election Sunday, winning the right to lead a country struggling with deep divisions over a troubled peace deal.

Duque, a former senator, had a 2.3 million-vote margin of victory, receiving 54 percent of the vote versus 42 percent for Petro, results showed.

He will lead a country sharply divided over the terms of a peace deal with rebels signed in 2016 that ended a long-running war. Although the economy is gaining strength, Colombia remains socially and economically unequal,

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