Duque receives Petro: transition of the presidency of Colombia begins


The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, began on Thursday the process of transition or junction with the outgoing president Iván Duquewhile he reached an agreement in principle with the Liberal Party to consolidate a majority in Congress that would allow him to promote his economic and social reforms.

Petro, a 62-year-old economist who campaigned on ambitious changes to combat poverty, inequality and exclusion, became the first president of the left by beating eccentric businessman Rodolfo Hernández in the second round.

The elected president met at the Presidency headquarters with Duque, after receiving the credential from the National Electoral Council that validates his election as president.

The two politicians did not comment after the meeting, which lasted about an hour and 20 minutes. This was reported on Twitter:

We met #AEstaHora in the Casa de Nariño, with @petrogustavo, a meeting in which we discussed the start of the splicing process that we will carry out in a harmonious, institutional and transparent manner.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Party, one of the most important forces that reached 14 seats in the Senate and 32 in the House of Representatives in the March legislative elections, announced its intention to form a coalition with the leftist Historical Pact of Petro and the Greens. that allows the elected president to implement his government plan.

“It is not our intention to hinder the processing of the government’s legislative agenda. We will not be an opposition party,” former president and head of the Liberal Party, César Gaviria, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Historic Pact won 20 seats in the Senate and 27 in the House of Representatives in the legislative elections, while the Green Alliance won 13 in the Senate and 17 in the lower house, so the eventual support of the Liberals would allow Petro achieve a majority in Congress.

Other minority political forces would be added to the liberals, such as the 10 congressmen from Comunes, the party that emerged from the peace agreement with the demobilized FARC guerrilla, some of the 16 congressmen who represent the victims, as well as indigenous people and Afro-descendants.

Meanwhile, Petro’s rival in the elections, Rodolfo Hernández, announced that he will assume the seat of Senator to which he is entitled for having come second in the elections, a position from which he will have an independent position.

“I have decided to recognize Gustavo Petro as the legitimate winner and assume a position of independence from his government, which will allow me to support the initiatives that I consider good for the country and question those that are not,” the politician, who obtained 10.58, said in a statement. million votes.

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