Weekly Report - 11 August 2022 (WR-22-32)

Colombia embarks on new chapter under Petro

Gustavo Petro was sworn in on 7 August as Colombia’s 34th head of state. His inauguration ceremony was full of symbolism, not least the prominent role accorded to ‘the sword of Bolívar’, and he laid out some lofty ambitions that would be difficult to fulfil if he were to serve for two presidential terms. Chief among these was a promise to end Colombia’s six-decade-old armed conflict. But in a sign of Petro’s determination to deliver action rather than just words, his new government immediately sent a tax reform to congress designed to reduce inequality and fund some of the government’s proposals to improve social justice.

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