The National Electoral Council (NEC) of Colombia on Thursday presented credentials to vice-president-elect Francia Márquez and president-elect Gustavo Petro, who declared the beginning of an "era of change."

The NEC officials and the national registrar, Alexander Vega, led the formal ceremony in which the election of the president and vice president for the period 2022-2026 was declared.

Vega said 21,897,414 Colombians voted in last weekend's runoff of the presidential election and that Petro won with 11,292,758 votes (50.44 percent).

"We have people who have just pronounced their verdict, and today before the people we endorse the popular will," NEC president César Abreo said.