After violent protests that have killed 17 people, Colombian Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigned in an attempt to promote dialogue.
Madrid (European News Agency)-Colombian Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigns because his continuity in the government will make it difficult to reach the necessary consensus quickly and effectively. After several days of violent protests against the tax system in the country.
Calasqueira met Colombian President Ivan Duque at the Palazzo Nariño, where he accepted his resignation. The statement said that the former minister thanked him for his “honour to appoint him.”
The letter also stated that Callasqueira told the President that “withdrawing his initiative (tax reform) at the Congress of the Republic is an opportunity to initiate and provide a peaceful and constructive dialogue to reach consensus. The country urgently needs it.”
In the context of escalating social tensions, the streets of Colombia have been full of protests against the initiative since last week. The former head of the Ministry of Finance regrets that his “continuous tenure in the government will make it difficult to quickly and effectively Build the necessary consensus,” El Weather.
After Duque withdrew from the tax reform project, Karrasquilla’s resignation was an open secret, because it was a major plan of the former minister and a flame of demonstrations in Colombia’s cities.
“On the one hand, the social and economic protection plans that have expired since March last year must be made continuous. On the other hand, without gradual and orderly tax reforms, the country’s macroeconomic stability will continue. Was severely damaged,” Calarasquila added in his resignation statement.
After the news came out, Duque confirmed that he accepted Karrasquilla’s resignation through his Twitter account, and hereby expressed his “always express gratitude and respect to the economic team leader for his contribution.” Significant achievements have been made in the management process, including an unprecedented social program “Facing the pandemic?
Duque appointed José Manuel Restrepo (José Manuel Restrepo) as the new head of the US Treasury Department, who had previously been in charge of the Department of Commerce.
Despite canceling the tax reform project and being the head of the US Treasury Department and the creator of the initiative, the National Unemployment Commission called for a new protest on the next Wednesday, May 5.
In a statement, “we once again call on all citizens to maintain and increase the nationwide strike action, and to conduct a large-scale democratic, peaceful and civilized mobilization on May 5, strictly abide by biosafety regulations, and require the government to take action. Summary of key points for”.
In addition, the student organizations and trade unions that make up the committee called for “demilitarization of the city.” El Espectador reported that one of their requests was to negotiate their emergency plan, which included the cancellation of health care reforms and a basic income of 1 million pesos.
Monday was the sixth consecutive day of protests and mobilizations across the country. There were demonstrations in Bogota, Medellin, Cúcuta, Cartagena, Duitamar, Monterea, Barranquilla, Ibag, Cali and other cities in the country.
Yesterday, the blockade in cities such as Medellin or Bogotá was notified again, and the public transportation system of these cities was also affected.
Also in Cali, this is one of the most popular places for these mobilizations. According to reports, the blockade has caused a shortage in the city, as the entrance and exit to the core of the city have been blocked during the five days of protests.