Gustavo Petro took the oath of office as Colombia’s first leftist president before a crowd of hundreds of thousands at his inauguration in Bogotá on Sunday.
The 62-year-old former guerrilla and former mayor plans sweeping reforms in a country plagued by economic inequality and drug violence, succeeding the wildly unpopular Yvan Duque. is.
“I swear to God and promise my people that I will faithfully enforce the Constitution and the laws of Colombia,” Petro said in his oath of office.
“Governments fighting for environmental justice start here,” he added.
He vowed to suspend oil exploration, promote clean energy and resume diplomatic and commercial ties with Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro government that had been suspended since 2019.
– “Significant” debt burden –
The pair will grapple with an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, a surge in riots and deep-rooted anger at the political system that culminated in last year’s protests.
July inflation also reached 10.2% y/y.
– Peace talks –
The former mayor of Bogota has also vowed to proceed with negotiations with the Armed Forces of the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Thousands of dissidents continue to battle ELNs and powerful cartels, vying for control of drug fields, illegal gold mines, and lucrative smuggling routes.
Petro proposed to allow armed groups to be handed over in exchange for some form of amnesty.
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