They activate the process of collecting signatures to revoke Iván Duque

The opposition to the government of Colombian President Iván Duque began to collect signatures for its possible revocation.

The project, which has the support of parliamentarians, was presented by a promoting committee before the National Registry of Civil Status, who, if approved, will deliver the format for the collection of signatures in six months, for its final approval approximately 1.8 are needed million signatures.

It should be noted that the revocation of the president of the Republic will have to be created in the Constitution, an initiative led by the president of the Senate Peace Commission, Roy Barreras.

“We will initiate the process of this referendum with which we will make possible the presidential recall, universal basic income, zero enrollment for university students and the minimum vital pension for all Colombians” and added: “It is a citizen signature to demonstrate its rejection to bad governments, to failed governments, “says Barreras, according to a note from Telesur.

In the Polimétrica survey of the firm Cifras y Conceptos they point out the Colombian president as unpopular among citizens, with 63% rejection.

The initiative

After resigning from the U Party, Senator Roy Barreras announced the proposal for a referendum to revoke the government of Iván Duque. The initiative materialized this Thursday with the official registration of the committee that will collect the signatures so that this proposal can be taken to the polls. The goal, according to the committee members, is to collect at least 2 million signatures in less than six months so that Colombians can decide on this issue.

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Although the referendum bears the name of Iván Duque, the truth is that the proposal only seeks to allow the revocation of the mandate of any president. If the Colombian population endorses the referendum proposed by Barreras, the figure would be created so that, after two years, the continuity of the first president can be passed to trial at the polls.

According to the proposal, the revocation could be requested due to the lack of government management, deterioration of the indicators of unemployment and extreme poverty, crisis of public order and citizen security, and lack of implementation in the peace agreement. If the figure is approved, the congressmen would have the possibility of requesting the revocation after two years of mandate have elapsed. After verifying the viability of the petition, there would be a period of one month to call the polls to define the presidential future.

Although the referendum and the conditions set point directly against Iván Duque, the truth is that the action has little chance of affecting the current president. The times are not right for the presidential recall to be approved and the Duque administration can be endorsed at the polls. This means that the figure would only be established for the following presidents, matching the terms of mayors and governors, which are currently being revoked.

The recall referendum proposal is led by Roy Barreras and is accompanied by the renowned journalist Patricia Lara and experts in conflict, student and youth leaders, leaders of Afro-Colombian communities and even students currently attending university. They are the ones who have to collect about 2 million signatures in less than six months so that the polls can be called.

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Duke’s approval nosedive

Rejection of President Iván Duque’s management grew in October in Colombia, where fewer and fewer residents worry about the pandemic and more about unemployment and insecurity, according to a survey released this Thursday.

Sixty-one percent of those interviewed said they disapproved of “the way the Conservative president is performing,” a rise of six points compared to August, the Invamer firm’s Gallup Poll said.

Its popularity stood at 31%, against 38% in the previous measurement, according to a telephone survey of 1,200 people in the main cities of the country, between October 16 and 26, with a margin of error of 5%.

Although the survey does not ask about the government’s handling of the new coronavirus, detected for the first time in Colombia on March 6, it highlights that only 4% of those interviewed identify it as the main problem.


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