Francia Marquez: From maid to Colombia’s first Black Vice President

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On Sunday when Colombians elected their first leftist president ever, they also elected the country’s first Black vice president: Francia Marquez, a single mother who worked as a maid before challenging international mining interests as a fiery environmentalist.

Analysts say her victory marks a turning point in a country plagued by social inequalities and historically governed by conservative elites

On the campaign trail, she was exuberant and unabashedly dazzling, embracing her identity, challenged the status quo and proposed a brighter future.

The 40 – year – old said that it’s time to move from resistance to power.

Colombians also elected their first ever leftist president when Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla, defeated a real estate millionaire in a runoff victory that marked a seismic shift in the South American country long governed by conservatives or moderates.

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