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Historical Pact in Colombia: a year of advances and barriers

Bogota, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) With remarkable results and the warned struggle of the opposition, the government of the Historical Pact in Colombia, headed by Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez, celebrates its first anniversary today.

One year ago, Petro exposed before thousands of people and a dozen heads of state who attended the inauguration his decalogue and his commitments.

First, he said he would work to achieve true and definitive peace for this South American nation.

His first commitment to the Colombian people and his voters is undoubtedly one whose results are already beginning to bloom.

In spite of the continuing massacres and assassinations of social leaders, the government managed to sit down at the Talks Table with the National Liberation Army (ELN) and reach agreements of great importance for the Colombian population as a whole.

Among them, the bilateral cease-fire for 180 days and the National Participation Committee, which came into effect on the past 3rd, stand out.

Likewise, the Petro administration initiated the space for socio-legal conversation with the illegal groups “Shottas and Espartanos” in Buenaventura, department of Valle del Cauca to seek an end to violence in that region.

Also, the Government and the Central General Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced that they reached an agreement to establish a Peace Dialogue Table.

Other positive results can be seen in the field of laws with the approval of several regulations that respond to historical demands of various sectors of the country.

The country now has a Tax Reform and a National Development Plan with social criteria for sustainable and inclusive economic development.

The Ministry of Equality and Equity was created as a body in charge of promoting the elimination of political, economic and social inequalities of special protection groups, headed by Vice President Francia Márquez.

Also approved was the Zero Enrollment bill in public universities, which seeks to reduce academic desertion and increase opportunities for access to higher education.

The congressmen of the Historical Pact regretted the lack of commitment of some legislators, especially from the opposition, to give the debate in the established times for which this last proposal did not pass.

In the middle of the results, President Petro faces today a fierce attack that has its greatest space in some media that pretend to link him to the alleged illegal entry of money to his electoral campaign.

A year ago, the renowned politician considered a democrat and a black woman, of very humble origin and social fighter became president and vice-president respectively of the alternative and leftist forces in Colombia.

In the second round of elections, which the Democratic Center founded by Álvaro Uribe could not reach, Petro and Francia won with 11 million 292 thousand 758 votes.


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