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Latin America's new "pink tide" is gaining pace after Colombia elected Gustavo Petro, its first leftist leader, with Brazil expected to follow suit in elections in October — an echo of a regional political shift in the early 2000s.

Around the region, angry voters, pinched by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and rampant inflation fanned by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, have ditched mainstream parties and been lured by promises of bigger government and social spending.

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