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Colombian Minister of Interior will promote the Constituent process

Bogotá, July 3 (Prensa Latina) The newly appointed Minister of the Interior of Colombia, Juan Fernando Cristo, reported today he will focus on the search for a national agreement in order to explore the possibility of convening a Constituent Assembly.

According to the official, whose appointment was announced this morning by President Gustavo Petro, he will focus on calling for a dialogue with all sectors of the country, among which are sympathizers who are friends of the Government, the opposition, the judiciary, Congress, social and community organizations, unions, and the business sector.

The process, which according to him, will be carried out in accordance with the parameters of the 1991 Constitution, would begin immediately, but would be defined in the next Government.

“This national dialogue will begin next week and we hope to talk with all political sectors of the country,” he remarked in statements released by the Presidency.

Cristo, who assured there would be four of his fundamental missions, commented that the second is the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army in 2016.

As the third of his tasks, he identified the importance of deepening territorial autonomy in Colombia.

“We are going to advance in a new territorial order and in strengthening the fiscal capacities of the departments and municipalities of the country,” he expressed.

Finally, he mentioned that starting July 20 he will focus on the legislative agenda that he will present for consideration by Congress.

He reported that he will meet with all the ministers and with President Petro to define the priorities, among which will be the labor reform, the health reform and a new effort to advance the statutory education law, the latter two sunk in the legislature that ended on June 20.

The Minister of the Interior assured that he is committed to serving the best interests of the country above any other political considerations.

“The country has become very radicalized, it has become polarized, and that prevents us from moving forward in building the consensus that Colombia needs,” he declared.