Twenty years after her kidnapping, the Franco-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, hostage for six years of the FARC guerrillas, announced on Tuesday January 18 her intention to take part in the presidential election scheduled for spring 2022 in Colombia.
At the head of the small environmentalist party Vert Oxygène, the 59-year-old ex-hostage will participate in a primary organized to decide between the candidates of a centrist coalition, the “Coalition of Hope”.
“I will work tirelessly from now on, from sunrise to sunset, to be your president,” Ingrid Betancourt said during a press conference.
“A center option”
“For decades, we had only bad options: extreme right, extreme left. The time has come to have an option of center, “said the candidate, who has set as objectives the fight against insecurity and pollution. “I believe in a world with a woman’s vision,” she added.
As a reminder, Ingrid Betancourt had been kidnapped by the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) while she was campaigning for the presidency.
She had been rescued during a military operation and has since lived abroad, regularly staying in Colombia where she often takes part in public debate.
In 2010, Ingrid Betancourt had asked for compensation from the Colombian state for not having guaranteed her safety, but she had given up in the face of criticism.