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On Sunday, ex-guerrilla Gustavo Petro was chosen as Colombia's first ever left-wing president.

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after defeating Rodolfo Hernandez, a billionaire businessman, in a difficult and controversial runoff election.

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"Today is a people's celebration."

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"Let us rejoice at the first popular win," Petro said on Twitter.

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In a Facebook live broadcast, Hernandez said he accepted the result.

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Petro will succeed Ivan Duque, a severely unpopular conservative.

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who was forbidden from running for reelection by Colombia's constitution,

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Francia Marquez, a 40-year-old environmental activist and feminist, was born in a different era of history.

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Colombia's first black woman vice-president is set to take office.

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Abstention was projected to be high among Colombia's 39 million voters, as the country's 39 million people feared a close election.

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