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Weekly Report - 14 November 2019 (WR-19-45)

COLOMBIA: Embattled Duque prepares for protests

Colombia’s President Iván Duque is facing one of the most serious challenges of his 15-month tenure. Duque named Carlos Holmes Trujillo, his big beast in cabinet, as defence minister after the previous incumbent, Guillermo Botero, was compelled to resign the day before he would have become the first minister to be censured by congress in Colombian history. Holmes Trujillo inherits the sensitive topic which triggered his predecessor’s demise: the killing of eight minors in a military bombing raid on dissident members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) in the southern department of Caquetá in August. But top of his bulging in-tray is putting in place a security plan for a national strike, planned for 21 November, which is picking up more support by the day and looks like evolving into a full-scale anti-government protest.

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