President Petro suggests approving elements of his social reforms through decrees

President Petro suggests approving elements of his social reforms through decrees
President Petro suggests approving elements of his social reforms through decrees

President Gustavo Petro closed his week of ‘Government with the popular neighborhoods’ with an event in Cali. There the president once again questioned Congress for the lack of approval of his social reforms, without specifically mentioning which of them.

This was used by the president to justify a possible attempt to apply several of the principles of the reforms via decree: “As the constitutional order is to guarantee rights, the government decrees must seek it, we are not going against the Constitution, we want to apply it immediately.”

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“If the majority of Congress does not want, the Constitution wants, the Government wants and the people want”, declared Gustavo Petro, who accepted that it is very likely that several of the decrees will be overturned. “We are going to proceed through twists and turns (…) the process of change is unstoppable,” he said.

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He then asked that those affected during the national strike mobilizations be recognized as victims of State actions and He demanded that Minister Néstor Osuna advance activities to achieve the release of those who are imprisoned for actions during the strike.

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