Iván Duque: Colombia’s new president sworn into office


Colombian President Ivan Duque delivers a speech during his investiture ceremony at the Bolivar Square, in Bogota,Picture copyright

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He turned Colombia’s youngest elected chief after being sworn in at Bogota’s Bolivar Sq.

Colombia’s newly-elected President Iván Duque took workplace on Tuesday, pledging to unite the nation and enhance financial progress.

The conservative political newcomer was elected in June after a divisive election marketing campaign the place he noticed off left-wing rival Gustavo Petro.

In his inaugural handle, the previous lawyer pledged adjustments to deal with corruption and invigorate the financial system.

The chief has additionally vowed to alter the peace take care of the Farc insurgent group.

The outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos has urged Mr Duque to respect the deal, which was negotiated in 2016 to deliver an finish to the nation’s brutal five-decade civil battle.

The Farc, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is now a political social gathering generally known as the Revolutionary Different Frequent Pressure. A variety of its members took up seats in parliament final month as a part of the phrases which assure it political illustration.

Mr Duque has mentioned he stays dedicated to Colombia’s peace course of, however has accused the Farc of being too lenient on former guerrilla fighters accused of conflict crimes.

“We’ll deploy corrective measures to make sure that the victims get the reality, proportional justice, reparations and no repetitions of the previous,” the brand new president mentioned in his handle on Tuesday.

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Official images had been launched of the brand new president and his household

Mr Duque additionally spoke about the necessity to heal the nation after a divisive election marketing campaign earlier this yr.

The Centro Democrático (Democratic Centre) social gathering candidate beat opponent Gustavo Petro by 12 factors in June – profitable the run-off election with 54% of the ultimate vote.

“I need to govern Colombia with unbreakable values and rules, overcoming the divisions of left and proper, overcoming with fashionable dialogue the prickly emotions that invite social fracture, I need to govern Colombia with a spirit to construct, by no means to destroy,” President Duque mentioned in his handle.

His political platform is taken into account business-friendly after he pledged to chop taxes and enhance funding in Colombia’s financial system.

Mr Duque, who at 42 is the youngest elected Colombian president ever, was handpicked as social gathering chief by founder Álvaro Uribe Velez, who himself was president from 2002 to 2010.

Mr Uribe stays energetic in politics, however resigned from his senate seat in July to face a bribery and fraud investigation within the Supreme Court docket.

Mr Duque’s working mate, Marta Lucía Ramirez, has grow to be the nation’s first ever feminine vice-president.

The new president assumes energy at a time of heightened pressure with neighbours Venezuela. Earlier this week President Nicolas Maduro accused the outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of being chargeable for an obvious try and assassinate him at a army occasion in Caracas.

The allegation was described as “baseless” by Bogota.


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