Claudia Lopez
Claudia Lopez, candidate for Mayor of Bogota for the Green Alliance, shows her ballot before voting during local and regional elections in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Colombians went to the polls Sunday to choose mayors, state governors and local assemblies. Image Credit: AP

Bogota: Claudia Lopez, a symbol of the fight against corruption in Colombia, on Sunday became the first woman to be elected mayor of the capital, Bogota.

The 49-year-old center-left candidate, who is openly gay, won the local election with 35.2 per cent of the vote ahead of liberal Carlos Fernando Galan (32.5 percent) with almost all votes counted.

"Not only did we win but we're changing history," Lopez said on Twitter.