The government prepares for its third year

The government prepares for its third year
The government prepares for its third year

We are on the eve of the third year of the Petro Government, which for some is the beginning of the ‘sun at the back’, for others it is the year of ‘governing’ after the trials and tribulations and before the election year. The truth is that the changes in the ministerial cabinet and in other responsibilities of the State point in that direction. Most of these changes seem to aim at improving the capacity of implementation of the Government’s decisions, the emphasis on execution as the President himself has stated in his speeches and in his messages of X and trying to move forward what seems to have become the presidential obsession, a National Constituent Assembly. In presidential regimes like ours, the President has the power to replace his team of collaborators when he considers it pertinent. So far he has announced changes to four ministers – Interior, Justice, Agriculture and Transport – and more are expected, and the commander of the Armed Forces, going from an Army general to an Admiral of the Navy.

Of the four new ministers known so far, three are outstanding women in their fields and the other is a veteran leader of the former Samperista sector of the Liberal Party and now one of the heads of a party in formation known as ‘En Marcha’ and who has been entrusted with the task of advancing the construction of the National Agreement that has been intermittently proposed by President Petro and with greater insistence in recent times by the leader of the Historic Pact, Senator Iván Cepeda. The novelty that the designated Minister Cristo has proposed, in his first statements, is that the National Agreement must have two major objectives, the first being the processing of the pending reforms of the Petro Government and the second, if there is consensus, to convene a National Constituent Assembly – it is still not very clear for what purpose, which raises a big question – that would be elected in the 2026 elections, within the framework of what was established by the 1991 Constitution, always with the idea that more and better reforms are needed, but with great national consensus and not as an imposition of some sectors of the country over others, a thesis undoubtedly shared by the majorities.

In the case of the change in command of the Military Forces, it could be interpreted as a recognition of the institution, the Navy, which has led the fight against drug trafficking and the most accurate blows, together with the National Police, against cocaine traffickers, prioritizing interdiction, rather than the fight against illicit crops, as was the priority in the recent past.

Personally, I agree with the proposal of the National Agreement and I have highlighted the work in that direction of Senator Iván Cepeda and I believe that most of the energies of Minister Cristo should be placed in that direction because I believe that more reforms are required, but well done and aimed at making a more equitable democracy a reality with greater inclusion of historically excluded social sectors. In that I support the Government.

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