Colombia needs a leader who'll implement the peace accord. For women, it's a matter of life and death

Updated 12:09 AM ET, Sun June 19, 2022

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Bogota, Colombia (CNN)Today, Colombians will return to the polls to vote in the second round of the country's presidential elections. Six years after the peace deal between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) brought five decades of conflict to an end, voters will choose between two different futures for Colombia.

The fate of the country's historic peace process -- and how it impacts Colombians living amid a fragile truce -- may well be at stake. Both candidates have said they are going to support the implementation of the peace process but the detail of that support isn't always clear. This has understandably made those most impacted by the conflict, who worked hard to broker peace, apprehensive.
The contest has a number of firsts. If 62-year-old former guerrilla Gustavo Petro wins on June 19, he will be Colombia's first leftist leader. Petro won the first round with just over 40% of the vote. In this second round he is running against 77-year old centrist construction magnate Rodolfo Hernández, a populist.
Second-round candidates Rodolfo Hernández and Gustavo Petro