Thursday 29 September 2022

Colombia: Gustavo Petro sworn in as president

Paying the bills


Ministry of Housing approves rent adjustment at 10.64% due to inflation

QCOSTARICA - Do you pay rent? Pay attention: the...

Vaccination against Covid-19 for children between 6 months and 5 years of age will start on Tuesday

QCOSTARICA - Pediatric vaccination against Covid-19 will start next...

Viaduct would be a definitive solution for Ruta 27 with serious sinking problem

QCOSTARICA - Kilometer 44 on the Ruta 27 has...

Diplomatic slip? President Chaves congratulates Italian political party

QCOSTARICA - Experts in international relations consider unconventional  Costa...

Costa Rica legislators reject global income tax

QCOSTARICA - The Treasury Affairs Legislative Committee rejected a...

Therapeutic abortion: how accessible is it for women in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, therapeutic abortion is allowed...

Best Things To Do in Costa Rica

Stunning beaches, lush rainforests, mountains with waterfalls, and charming...

Dollar Exchange

¢628.19 Buy

¢636.39 Sell

29 September 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

Paying the bills


QCOLOMBIA – Gustavo Petro, a former member of Colombia’s M-19 guerrilla group, was inaugurated Colombia’s first leftist president on Sunday at a ceremony in Bogota.

Some 100,000 people, including Spanish King Felipe VI and at least nine presidents from Latin America, looked on as he was sworn in as head of state and government by Senate chief Roy Barreras.

- Advertisement -

“I do not want two countries, just as I do not want two societies. I want a strong, just and united Colombia,” Petro said in his inauguration speech. “The challenges and tests that we have as a nation demand a period of unity and basic consensus.”

Petro, whose government should enjoy backing from a left-leaning majority in Congress, called on Colombian armed groups to “lay down their arms” and accept legal benefits “in exchange for peace.”

He also took aim at decades of counter-narcotics efforts. “It is time for a new international convention recognizing that the war on drugs has failed,” he said.

‘New form of governing’

Petro’s press chief, Marisol Rojas, said his appointment would usher in a more inclusive form of governance in the country.

“We want the Colombian people to be the protagonists,” Petro’s aides said in a statement. “This inauguration will be the first taste of a new form of governing, where all forms of life are respected, and where everyone fits in.”

- Advertisement -

Petro, 62, a former senator and mayor of Bogota, was narrowly elected in the June presidential elections as one of a growing group of leftist politicians and political outsiders who have been winning elections in Latin America since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The global calamity mostly exacerbated social inequalities in the region.

Voters in Colombia have previously tended to view left-wing candidates as soft on crime or allied with guerrillas who have conducted a decades-long rebellion in the country.

The new vice president, Francia Marquez, an environmental activist and former housekeeper, also represents a change for the country as the first Afro-Colombian woman to hold her post.

What has Petro promised?

Petro has said his first aim will be to introduce measures to combat hunger in Colombia, where nearly half of the 50 million people contend with poverty.

- Advertisement -

The new finance minister, Jose Antonio Ocampo, is to propose a US$5.6 billion dollar tax reform to Congress on Monday that would see high earners taxed more to fund social programs.

As president, Petro said he plans to increase investment in rural areas, including building up infrastructure that would allow farmers to turn away from growing coca leaves, which fuel the country’s rampant drug trade.

Petro, who has put together a coalition of leftist and centrist parties to support his agenda, has also pledged free university education, changes to the health care system and a pension reform.

On the environmental front, he has vowed to ban fracking and halt oil development, even though the oil industry makes up almost 50% of the nation’s legal exports.

Petro has also promised to restart failed peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels and apply a 2016 peace deal to ex-members of the FARC guerrillas who reject it.

Article originally appeared on Q Colombia and is republished here with permission.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Avatar photo
Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

Italy election: Who is Giorgia Meloni, the star of the far right?

Q REPORTS (DW) In Rome's Via Della Scrofa, not far from...

“If you don’t pay, your family pays”: new repressive pattern of the regime

TODAY NICARAGUA (Confidencial) Between September 4 and 18, the regime of...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.