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Colombia's vice president, Francia Márquez, took the stage and sang during the last day of the 'Petronio Álvarez' Pacific Music Festival in Cali. Juan B. Díaz / AL DÍA.
Colombia's vice president, Francia Márquez, took the stage and sang during the last day of the 'Petronio Álvarez' Pacific Music Festival in Cali. Juan B. Díaz / AL DÍA.

Colombian Vice-President succeeded in getting opponents to retract their statements

The public apology came after a conciliation at the Attorney General's Office.

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Francia Márquez with the president of the Senate, Roy Barreras, initiated criminal proceedings against those who defamed her.

The Colombian popular music singer Maureen Belky Ramirez known as "Marbelle", recanted for the racist attacks against the current vice-president.

"According to the conciliation made in the Attorney General's Office with Madam Vice President, I present public apologies to Francia Marquez for having expressed my opinion in an inappropriate way, caricaturing her and ridiculing her image, considering this as racism," wrote Marbelle on her Twitter account.

The singer added another publication: "I also reject racism and do not accept it. I offer apologies and I regret the collective impact to the Afro-Colombian Community, who may have felt harmed. Neither can I affirm that the vice-president has any kind of link with the extinct Farc".

On the other hand, Uribist councilman Humberto 'Papo' Amín also had to retract his statements as he had assured that the vice-president and President Petro had links with the ELN guerrilla.

"After reaching an agreement, as a result of a conciliation before the Attorney General's Office, I clarify as I had said before, that Francia Marquez has no links with the ELN", tweeted Humberto Amín last Wednesday, August 17.

The representative to the Chamber for the Democratic Center, Gabriel Vallejo Chujfi, like the other two figures offered public apologies to Marquez.

"After having reached a conciliatory agreement, I want to express that I cannot affirm that Francia Marquez has links with the ELN or with any terrorist group outside the law. I publicly apologize to her for the damage caused by my statements," said the Democratic Center congressman.

Márquez, for his part, thanked the politician for his wisdom in recognizing the mistake. 

"Today, Representative Gabriel Vallejo retracts his statements against me. I appreciate and applaud his wisdom in recognizing the mistake of linking me with illegal groups. I call for a clean race, without defamations. Until dignity becomes customary," he wrote on his Twitter account.

 

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