Juan Fernando Cristo: “National Constituent Assembly does not imply a new Constitution”

One of the most mentioned names in recent days is that of Juan Fernando Cristo, the new Minister of the Interior replacing Luis Fernando Velasco, who left the cabinet, along with other ministers, by order of the president Gustavo Petro
. In a conversation with Mañanas Blu, with Camila Zuluaga, she responded to the questions she has received in relation to the constituent assembly and continuing with the idea of ​​moving it forward.

He expressed his conviction that it is time to make “brave” decisions and leave behind comfortable positions in politics. In this regard, he said that dialogue and the search for consensus are important to promote the so-called national agreement and the implementation of the peace agreement with the FARC.

Regarding the issue of the National Constituent Assembly, The minister explained that his proposal “does not imply a new Constitution,” but a mechanism to process the necessary reforms. For this reason, he pointed out that a consensus must be reached to decide the most appropriate mechanism to carry out these bills.whether through a Constituent Assembly, a legislative act or a constitutional referendum.

He stressed that this is not a new Constitution, but rather adjustments and reforms to the 1991 Constitution. He argued that the Bill of Rights is impeccable, but the structure of the State needs improvement.

“A National Constituent Assembly does not imply a new Constitution, a National Constituent Assembly processed by the procedure, Article 374, 375 and 376 of the Constitution can be done on a single subject. I cite an example, 15 years ago, With Rafael Pardo as head of the Liberal Party and the Liberal bench, we presented a bill to convene a National Constituent Assembly only to move from presidentialism to a parliamentary system in Colombia. And it was about one issue, the National Constituent Assembly does not mean, what I said 48 hours ago is exactly the same, we need a national agreement, we need a national agreement to process, in accordance with the Constitution, some reforms that the country needs“, he stressed.

Regarding the issue of decentralization, the current Minister of the Interior acknowledged that Colombia still has a long way to go. He also spoke about the need to reform the Constitution to strengthen territorial autonomy and highlighted three fundamental issues that require constitutional adjustments: the political systemstructural reform of justice and territorial planning.

Watch the full interview on Mañanas Blu, with Camila Zuluaga:

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