Gustavo Pedro announced the departure of three members of his cabinet

Gustavo Pedro announced the departure of three members of his cabinet. (Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

First President, Gustavo Pedro, delivered his second presidential speech on Monday, February 27, in which he announced the resignation of three members of his cabinet: Alejandro Gaviria, from the Education portfolio; Maria Isabel Urrutia, from Sports; and Patricia Ariza, from Culture.

“I appreciate the services of the ministers Alejandro Gaviria, Maria Isabel Urrutia and Patricia Ariza”, highlighted the President at the Casa de Narino; However, the officials who left the cabinet were not present in the premises. “With their contributions, they have contributed to enrich the debate and initiate the changes that the country voted for,” he added.

The president called on the three outgoing ministers to “help us build this social pact, wherever they are.” Following this, he presented the following academic and sports leaders to the country: Aurora Vergara, A former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and a graduate in Physical Education, Astrid Rodriguezrespectively.

“I have decided to appoint Aurora Vergara as Minister of Education and Astrid Rodriguez as Minister of Sports,” said Gustavo Pedro. An hour later the music teacher found out, Ignacio Fox, He will be the Culture Minister when the final appointment is made. “We will continue to seek consensus and agreements to consolidate and deepen our reforms,” ​​he added.

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Accordingly Snail radioAlejandro Gaviria—a critic of changes seeking health reform—received A call from the palace It was announced that he would resign from the post of minister. On the other hand, María Isabel Urrutia and Patricia Ariza confirmed that they have not been notified of their resignations.

“I would have liked it if the president had informed me,” the former culture minister said on the radio show 20 o’clock. Although he supported health, pension and labor reforms, C.The origins of cultural politicsThis may have influenced his departure.

For his part, the former sports minister revealed in the same media that he did not know whether he was “declared incapacitated or the president replaced me” because he was never notified. In 20 o’clockHe said his departure may be related to irregularities he found in the company’s contract: “I have done everything humanly possible to clean up the sports ministry.”

Regarding his findings, Urrutia noted, “2,500 OPS – Service Delivery Orders – from all political parties are non-existent projects, a series that is not easy”. It also explored sports infrastructure projects where resources have been diverted but their construction has not commenced.

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The Head of State started his speech by talking about Reforms His administration has raised that. “In a democracy, the diversity of opinions is a value that I fully share,” Pedro pointed out and assured that the changes he proposed require this debate in society with a consensus in government.

“After they are approved by Congress and society, they need a lot of commitment to use them,” he added.

The President emphasized, “This Management of change He will not give up on reform to improve health, pensions and fair working conditions”. Although he notes that the goal is simple, “however the means are complicated.” For this reason, they seek “fair, sustainable and responsible solutions among all”.

Because of the controversy surrounding these proposals, the president noted that they sought to “care for any patient and prevent disease.” As for other reforms, the aim is “every old person has a pension bonus” and “every worker has job security”.

Although Gustavo Pedro gave more importance Health care reform And he reiterated that it was “a franchise, not a business.” Likewise, he clarified that private activities are always welcome but “cannot prevent or restrict that fundamental right”.

The President concluded the speech by calling “National Agreement” It unites all political forces like trade unions, social associations, social and agricultural organizations. “We are at a decisive moment for our reforms and we need more unity and determination,” the head of state pointed out.

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