Former rebel fighter sworn in as Colombia’s first left-wing president

A former rebel fighter Gustavo Petro, has been sworn in as Colombia’s first left-wing president.

The former member of the M-19 armed group took his oath of office in Bogota’s Bolivar Plaza , pledging to unite the polarised country in the fight against inequality and climate change, and achieve peace with rebel groups and crime gangs.
the former senator now president, has promised to revive scuppered peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels and to apply a twenty-sixteen peace deal to ex-members of the FARC fighters who reject it.
His foreign minister has said the government will hold dialogue with gangs and potentially give members reduced sentences in exchange for information about drug trafficking.