Weekly Report - 23 March 2023 (WR-23-12)

Petro marches on with labour and pension reforms

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro is unveiling flagship pieces of legislation at a rapid rate, presenting his government’s much-awaited labour reform bill on 17 March and his pension reform bill just five days later. Meanwhile, inter-party negotiations are still continuing around the divisive health reform bill that was presented last month. While the government’s socioeconomic agenda advances, Petro’s peace plans took a major knock on 19 March when he was forced to suspend a ceasefire with the country’s largest drug trafficking organisation (DTO), the Clan del Golfo, which the government accuses of orchestrating violent protests in the north-western department of Antioquia.

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