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Colombia: presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt leaves the centrist coalition

The Franco-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, hostage for six years of the Farc guerrillas, announced this Saturday January 29 that she was going to leave a centrist coalition to present herself under the colors of her party in the presidential election scheduled for May 29, 2022 in Colombia. .

Ingrid Betancourt, who is at the head of the ecologist party Vert Oxygène, has indicated that she will leave the coalition of centrist parties, the Coalition of Hope, citing “scheming” within this alliance.

“We are forced to move away from the Coalition of Hope, I will be an independent candidate for the presidency,” said the former Farc hostage in a video posted on social media on Saturday, assuring that she would embark on the race for the presidency with its Vert Oxygène movement.

To represent the centrist coalition in the presidential election, the 60-year-old ex-hostage first had to win a primary, organized on March 13 to decide between the candidates of the coalition.

Ingrid Betancourt released in 2008

Colombians are “hostages of corruption,” said Ingrid Betancourt. “We call on all Colombians and all Colombians to build this path together to free us from corruption,” she added.

Ingrid Betancourt announced on January 18 her intention to run for president, presenting herself as an alternative to the face-to-face, structuring in Colombia, between the right in power and the left, represented by the ex-mayor of Bogota and former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro, now the favorite in the polls.

Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in 2002 by the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) while she was campaigning for the presidency. She was rescued in 2008 during a military operation and has since lived abroad, regularly staying in Colombia where she often takes part in public debate.

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