The choice by the Liberal Social gathering, led by former President Cesar Gaviria, to affix the historic Petro Pact group exhibits the pragmatic facet of the president-elect as he cuts political offers geared toward implementing an formidable legislative agenda that features finance, agriculture and pensions. Different adjustments.
“We will not be an opposition party,” Gaviria mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday. He mentioned particulars of the Liberal Social gathering’s position within the ruling coalition and the way it might cooperate with the 62-year-old Petro camp remained to be labored out.
The Liberal Social gathering is likely one of the largest teams within the bicameral Congress, with 14 members of the 108-seat Senate and 32 deputies within the 187-seat Home.
The historic Petro Pact has 20 seats within the Senate and 27 within the Home of Representatives. A coalition of liberals and different allies would convey her nearer to a parliamentary majority.
Sandra Borda, a political analyst on the College of Los Andes in Bogota, mentioned that a lot stays unclear about Petro’s imaginative and prescient of a “national agreement” wherein all sectors of society take part.
“We have to see what the content of the policies Congress will support, and in exchange for what,” Borda mentioned. She mentioned overseas governments and worldwide traders can be watching carefully to see who Petro would select as finance minister, which might point out whether or not he plans better state involvement within the financial system.
About 47% of voters voted for actual property mogul Rodolfo Hernandez, who misplaced to Petro within the second spherical. Because the dropping candidate, Hernandez was nonetheless assured a seat within the Senate and mentioned Thursday he would take it.
Petro will virtually definitely face robust opposition from the Democratic Heart, the celebration based by former President Alvaro Uribe. Incumbent President Evan Duque, who is just not permitted by regulation to run for a second time period, is a member of the Democratic Heart. He’ll hand over energy to Petro on August 7.