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The moment of truth is approaching in the Colombian presidential elections. Next Sunday the polls will open for the first round and some 38 million voters will begin to define the country’s political future. The campaign has been very long but at this point, and according to the latest polls, there are still between 10 and 15% undecided that could determine the election for either side. Prisa Media will hold a decisive electoral debate this morning, which will be one of the last opportunities to publicly listen to the candidates. Gustavo Petro, Federico Gutiérrez and Sergio Fajardo will confront their proposals in the debate moderated by the journalist Roberto Pombo starting at seven in the morning (Colombian time). The appointment can be followed through the website of EL PAÍS, which organizes the debate together with Caracol Radio, W Radio, Tropicana, Bésame, Oxígeno, Radioacktiva, Los40, Radio Santa Fe and Q’Hubo Radio.

Pombo, director of Elections 2022, The Great Challenge, encourages Colombians not to miss “the great opportunity to compare the candidates’ proposals live and direct and to measure the mood of each one of them before they face each other in the polls”.

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Fico Gutiérrez finds it difficult to speak without mentioning security, his main flag. “Without justice there is no security,” he says. Although the phrase “the bandits in jail or in the grave” has become famous in his speech, today he says that it is necessary to decongest the prisons. “They are not resocialization sites, they are crime universities”, he said this morning. For the right-wing candidate, it is urgent that those imprisoned for low-dangerous crimes be able to access productive projects and technical training with the Sena.

Camila Osorio

After about 10 minutes of delay, Gustavo Petro finally arrived at the debate table: he says that there was a traffic jam to get there. Petro immediately enters to answer the first question about Colombian justice. He says that there have been several justice reforms in recent years, but they have not been enough. “More judges are needed and that obviously means more budget,” he adds. In the case of violence against women, precisely, he says that there is impunity because women do not find judges nearby to take their cases.

But he also talks about restorative justice: that the victims be restored, not just that there be a prison sentence. “If the victim is not restored, there are some accumulations of violence, of revenge,” says the candidate.

Santiago Torrado

Juan Diego Quesada reports from the Ágora convention center that Gustavo Petro is already there

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Camila Osorio
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