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President Petro dismisses FM Secretary from office

Bogota, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro dismissed on Monday the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Jose Antonio Salazar from his post for considering that he has betrayed the Government on the company’s issue for making passports.

On X, Petro announced that his immediate dismissal was signed. “The contract is corrupt and here the capacity of the private company is involved in all the processes of Thomas Greg & Sons and in the monopolization of all the private data in a single private company,” Petro detailed.

The ousted secretary signed a millionaire contract with that company, which had been managing the system and making passports in Colombia for over 17 years, despite the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed a bidding process in which more entities would participate.

In addition to that, the decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Alvaro Leyva (suspended for three months due to this scheme) as he declared void the bid due to alleged irregularities in the bidding process.

Since the end of 2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suspended several times the bidding process for making passports and visas, due to the review of over 550 observations to the preliminary bidding documents.