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Who is Gustavo Petro’s wife, Verónica Alcocer García?

GUSTAVO Petro, an economist, politician and rebel veteran, was elected President of Colombia on June 19, 2022.

The former Mayor of Bogota was Colombia’s first leftist president, making a big change for the South American nation.

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro celebrates with his wife Veronica Alcocer

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Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro celebrates with his wife Veronica AlcocerCredit: EPA

Who is Gustavo Petro’s wife, Verónica Alcocer García?

Verónica Alcocer García was born on May 26, 1976 in Sincelejo, in the province of Sucre, in the north of the country.

She grew up in a well-to-do conservative family.

The future First Lady studied law at the Corporacion Universitaria del Caribe (University Corporation of the Caribbean) in Sincelejo, but never graduated.

Garcia was 24 years old when she met Petro, who had come to Sincelejo to hold a conference at her university, in 2000.

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The young woman was moved by the politician’s intelligence.

According to an interview with Blu Radio, the pair barely exchanged a word during this first meeting, and Petro gave her a compliment before leaving.

The two got married in the same year.

How long have Gustavo Petro and Verónica Alcocer García been married?

Petro and García have been married since 2000, the year they met when he was giving a lecture at García’s university.

They have been married ever since.

In an earlier interview with El Tiempo’s Bocas, García candidly spoke about being jealous during his “recently married” days.

“Imagine yourself as an increasingly popular politician, why wouldn’t women approach him? There were people who grabbed my husband’s member in front of me (…) Yes. It’s not friendly, I don’t like it. (…) When jealous, I pout, I change my posture. But not anymore. Absolutely not.”

Do Gustavo Petro and Verónica Alcocer García have children?

Petro has five children, including three from previous relationships.

He has an eldest son, Nicolás Petro, with his childhood sweetheart, Katia Burgos. Nicolás is a lawyer who graduated from the Pontifical Bolivarian University and holds a master’s degree in Climate Change in Barcelona.

Petro had two more children with former rebel Luz Herrán Cárdenas, Andrés Gustavo Petro and Andrea Petro.

While Andrés is granted political asylum in Canada, his sister Andrea lives in France with her husband and two children.

Petro and García went on to have two daughters, Sofia and Antonella.

The president’s daughters were not seen in public until the election campaign when Sofia became very active supporting her father in interviews or debates.

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Meanwhile, First Lady García also has a son from a previous relationship, Nicolás Arbeláez, who has appeared in several of the couple’s social media posts.

“Family is my source of strength, my life and love, my wife, my daughters and all of Colombia,” Petro previously said in a social media post.

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