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Colombia: Right-Wing President Iván Duque Sworn Into Office

HeadlineAug 08, 2018

In Colombia, right-wing politician Iván Duque was sworn in as Colombia’s next president. Duque was handpicked by former right-wing President Álvaro Uribe, and he’s vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia’s landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with Duque ahead of his inauguration to discuss U.S.-Colombia relations and the U.S.-backed drug war in Latin America. Duque opposes drug legalization. On Tuesday, protesters gathered across Colombia to protest his inauguration and to demand an end to the wave of assassinations of human rights leaders. This is Arley Valencia.

Arley Valencia: “We’re marching for life, for peace, for the democracy that was defeated on June 17, bought by the national registry and also by former conservative President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. We’re here with the threatened social leaders. Today, we’re not with newly inaugurated President Duque, because he’s not our president. He doesn’t represent us.”

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