Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The Petro government lost power and almost all support in the Colombian Congress

The departure of the U party from the government benches in Congress this Tuesday dealt another blow to President Gustavo Petro’s executive, which has been left without a majority in the Senate and at the mercy of others after losing the support of the Conservative Party in Congress. Liberals in the House of Representatives.

“The decision of the bench was to declare independence, an independence in which we can make decisions without political bias but acting with equal responsibility, a single decision to study in depth all the projects so that it is the best for the Colombian people.” Ho,” he U party president Dilian Francisca Toro told reporters.

He said that the purpose of this decision is “to have the freedom to be able to take responsible positions in the face of good things to come and that can have a positive impact on citizens, and also to vote negatively on proposals on which we Believe.” Will have a positive impact on people”.

La Yu’s departure from the government coalition is a fresh blow to the pro-government bench in Congress, which erupted with discussion of health reform, which has been criticized by various sectors, and which is going to make it more difficult. Executive approval of his ambitious social reforms.

In this sense, Petro is about to lose his majority in Congress after the departure of the conservatives and the U party a few weeks ago, since the liberals – who have a majority in the lower house and are the second with the most representation – are on the verge of losing their majority. After the historic treaty, Alta – has not yet defined whether they will remain in the government coalition or declare themselves independent.

Government crisis

The departure of the conservatives triggered a cabinet reorganization last month precisely because of a lack of progress in Congress on the controversial health reform, which also led to the departure of Carolina Corcho, the head of that portfolio.

The reform was presented on February 13 and aims to bring healthcare to all corners of the country and strengthen primary care and disease prevention.

However, the proposal has sparked a deep controversy in the country because, according to its critics, it would jeopardize the stability of a system that works despite its many flaws.

This was precisely the reason that led to the departure of the government, among others Minister of Transport Guillermo Reyes, quota of conservatives, and Information and Communications Technology, Sandra Urrutia, who was from the U party, among others.

With the departure of the Conservatives and the UK, the ruling coalition at this time was formed by historic treaty; the Alianza Verde party, and the Communes, the movement that emerged from the demobilization of the FARC.

Other minority parties are also part of it, such as the Movimiento Alternativo Indígena y Social (MAIS) and the Movement of Indigenous Authorities of Colombia (AICO), as well as the Alianza Social Independiente (ASI), the Colombian Ecologists Party (PEC) or the Colombian Democratic Party (PDC).

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