at the inauguration of the President gustavo petro There was an empty chair. One of his sons, exiled in Canada, was unable to get a plane ticket that would bring him to Casa de Narino on 7 August.
“my name is Andres Gustavo Petro, I am the son of the current President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro. I had already written a text explaining why I was absent from the 7 August capture. , It turns out that I am a refugee in Canada and therefore, I cannot return to my country of origin. Unless he has citizenship or a permanent residence permit,” explained one of the new president’s eldest sons.
Senate President Roy Barreras began his speech by greeting the presidential family. He mentions his five children—Sofia, Antonella, Andrés, Andrea, and Nicolas—one of whom witnessed their father’s capture on television: he described the moment as “bittersweet”.
,I tried through various means to get a special permit from Canada. Unfortunately we worked late and didn’t have time to travel to Colombia. It was a very special moment for the country and my family. I am really sorry that I could not attend. It was an opportunity to see my sisters and brothers who live in different parts of the world today”, commented Andres Petro.
Andres is the son of the new president and Mary Luz Heran, former member of M-19 and first partner of Gustavo Petro. He has been deported to Canada since 2019 due to threats against him.
Andres Gustavo Petro was a member of his father’s campaign for mayor of Bogota and his 2018 presidential aspiration. The first threat he received in 2011,
While he was studying psychology, an alleged hitman on TransMillenio approached him: “The man approached him and said: ‘They sent me to shoot him, who are you?’, When Andrés Gustavo told him that he was Gustavo Petro’s son, he told him that one of his brothers had voted for him and told him: ‘Get lost,'” his mother had remarked years earlier.