MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Colombians elected in a divided Congress on Sunday in voting that showed deep polarization but offered little resolution of the country’s main political disputes, including battling corruption and implementing a controversial peace deal with its former rebels.
Early results showed the country’s right wing gained strength but its main parties failed to secure a majority. The three largest right-wing parties received just more than 40 percent of votes for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, election officials said, with more than 95 percent of votes counted.
Meanwhile, the centrist parties led by President Juan Manuel Santos lost ground, a blow to the departing leader, whose popularity has suffered immensely since a 2016 peace deal with the former rebels.
“There will definitely be a rightward shift,” said Cynthia J. Arnson, the director of the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.