Petro faces a power struggle within his government and touches strong people in the Casa de Nariño | Colombia News

Petro faces a power struggle within his government and touches strong people in the Casa de Nariño | Colombia News
Petro faces a power struggle within his government and touches strong people in the Casa de Nariño | Colombia News

President Gustavo Petro’s council of ministers will have adjustments, which would shift the strength between the sides fighting for more influence over the head of state.

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The dialogues beyond the formal scenarios are practically broken between the sides into which the inner circle of President Gustavo Petro has been dividing for some months. The level of confrontation that exists among some of these groups is such that the kind of “cold war” that is experienced in the corridors of the Casa de Nariño escalated to the judicial courts.

According to sources at different levels, and who know first-hand what happens between those who whisper in the ear of the head of state, the divisions are increasingly stronger among those who consider themselves most faithful to the progressive project – some have even been active since the times of the M-19 – and those who favor an Executive more open to other types of political representations.

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And although differences between the members of a Government are normal and are experienced in all administrations, this time it has the nuance that the accusations of “friendly fire” have already jumped into the public sphere and include people at the level of the first lady, Verónica Alcocer; the director of the Administrative Department of the Presidency (Dapre), Laura Sarabia; the head of the National Protection Unit (UNP), Augusto Rodríguez; and – among others – the head of the National Intelligence Directorate (DNI), Carlos Ramón González.

These four names are key to what is happening internally, because they are part of the faces of the sides that are being formed and that in just one week, as El Espectador revealed in its Sunday edition, led to accusations of possible illegal interceptions and surveillance that even affect high court magistrates and affect relatives of those in power. And all in the midst of accusations and leaks, which add to the intense lobbying carried out by various groups close to those who make up the sides to try to impose their part of the story; This is also accompanied by strong digital upheaval.

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And President Petro is aware of everything – according to what was told to this newspaper from the Casa de Nariño itself – which has made fundamental decisions such as the adjustment to his ministerial cabinet, announced more than two weeks ago in his recent outing to the outside, is braked. Some voices unofficially warned that this has caused the head of state to isolate himself to analyze what path to take and whether there are ways to correct the clashes between people who, at least until now, are completely trusted by him; This newspaper even learned of private meetings between the president and some of the ministers to analyze his management, his future and possibly his role in the bid.

The entire dispute has also led to informal dialogues, both virtual and in person, between those who have opted for one side or the other to determine whether or not there is a way to stop the escalation of an internal bid that in the end only ends up wearing down to the first pure leftist administration in Colombia.

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“What one sometimes felt was rather hidden messages, from people who did not understand that, if things went badly for the Minister of the Interior, then things went badly for the Government (…). There are people who have clumsily not understood what a long-term project is,” the Minister of the Interior, Luis Fernando Velasco, recently assured this newspaper, one of the voices that has tried to overcome the internal fight with greater openness. politics in the cabinet.

In fact, there is talk of informal dialogues between Sarabia, Velasco and the ambassador to the United Kingdom, Roy Barreras, to see how a closure of the administration could be avoided with people closer to progressivism, since there is the thesis that it is time to provide an opening that does allow laying the foundations for what Petro himself described as a national agreement. His thesis is based on the fact that political agreements were reached in Congress that allowed part of the agenda promoted by the “self-proclaimed government of change” to advance.

But on the other side there are those who feel more faithful to what they call “the fight”, and that is why they tend to gain more representation in the president’s environment. There, Rodríguez, from the UNP, and González, from the DNI, play a key role, along with other people such as Carlos Fernando García, head of Migration Colombia, and who was the first leader of the Intelligence Directorate, Manuel Casanova.

They have accompanied Petro since his time in the M-19 – they all went through that group – and were in charge of managing part of the president’s security during the campaign. And with the Government in office, they were designated as a kind of “hardliners” of official intelligence, but their influence on key decisions is still valid and they are part of that circle that pushes for the arrival of those most faithful to the Petrist ideology into the cabinet.

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These two visions have followers precisely in the ministerial cabinet and they are waiting to see how the team adjusts, because depending on the way in which the burdens are distributed, it will be known which side would win the fight for being the true inner circle and would shed light on How much opening, or closing, will be seen in the second part of the Government with all the implications that this has.

Furthermore, with a war of “friendly fire” that escalated to the Prosecutor’s Office and that has many movements that have taken place in the Palace under suspicion, even in the offices closest to the presidential office, there are many voices that in the House of Representatives itself Nariño warned of a rise in decibels in the internal polarization that is being experienced and that overshadows the intentions of the president’s heart such as his constituent narrative and the viability of the left continuing in power in 2026.

(Barreras assured that rumors against Sarabia are spread from the Pact: “Friendly fire”)

Names such as Susana Muhamad (Minister of Environment), Gustavo Bolívar (Director of Social Prosperity), Alexander López (Head of National Planning), Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo (Minister of Health), Luis Carlos Reyes (Minister of Commerce) and –among them others – Luis Gilberto Murillo (chancellor) can be key in the reconfiguration of power in the House of Nariño. It all depends, however, on which side of those who have been choosing ends up having more weight in Petro’s ear.

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