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Mexico's president on Sunday congratulated Ivan Duque for his victory in the presidential elections in Colombia and said the country will continue to strengthen its strategic relationship with the South American nation.

"On behalf of the people and Government of Mexico I congratulate @IvanDuque for his election as President of Colombia in an exemplary day, an expression of the strong democracy of that friendly country," Enrique Pena Nieto said in a message on Twitter.

In another, he said that with the new Colombian government, Mexico will continue to strengthen its strategic relationship, economic exchanges and cooperation on development.

A lawyer by profession, Ivan Duque, candidate of the Uribe Democratic Center party, was elected Sunday as president of Colombia for the 2018-2022 term with a promise of strict measures against all forms of illegality and to "modify" aspects of the peace agreement with the FARC.

Duque, 41, clinched the presidency with more than 10.3 million votes - 53.98 percent, according to data from the National Registry, with 99.92 percent of the vote counted.