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Iván Duque ended his four-year presidential term on August 7. Getty Images
Iván Duque ended his four-year presidential term on August 7. Getty Images

Colombia: lies as a government plan

Four years later, Colombia has just closed the doors of the laboratory where a new ignominious model of government was tested.

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Four years later, Colombia has just closed the doors of the laboratory where a new ignominious model of government was tested. It is a way of administering the State based on lies as a fundamental postulate, and a president who was put in place, precisely, to make people believe the implausible, at any price.

But lying for so long led those who could believe any word of the liar, to end up proving that they never give so much of that so good that Iván Duque was describing in all the forums.

Declared enemy of the peace process signed in 2016 by the Government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Farc guerrillas, Duque made every effort to shatter it, as indicated by his party Centro Democrático (CD).

All international scenarios where he was present heard Duque lie without reserve: he declared himself a staunch defender of a peace that left hundreds of popular leaders and former guerrillas dead, manager of an orange economy, which never matured, and promoter of business projects that only resulted in heartless plundering of state money.

It is enough to look at some figures to establish the reality.

According to official figures, during this reign of lies, 700,000 hectares of irrecoverable forests were devastated to be used for intensive cattle ranching and illegal mining.

Duque received a country in which the dollar was worth 2,900 pesos, and he delivers it at 4,300 pesos. Even so, he never ceased to proclaim that the Colombian economy has never been better. Not even when it was established that the most devalued currency in the world in 2022 was the peso: 14.20 percent.

He never answered questions about the fate of 715 trillion pesos (152,127,659,574 dollars, or 65.3% of GDP) of the highest public debt in the 212 years of independent history. In four years, the debt grew by more than 20.3 percent.

Many of these billions are in the bank accounts of corrupt organizations linked to public contracts awarded by hand, with no tenders or bids.

Several of these super-millionaire contracts have to do with plans contemplated by the Peace Accord, whose execution was insisted upon by social sectors, in the face of the
social sectors, in the face of the Government's inertia. These contracts were awarded without control, to groups of politicians related to the Government party.
While the State coffers were plundered, Duque linked one international trip with others, in search of those who wanted to hear him lie, accompanied by a huge entourage of his relatives... and officials.

Aberrant episodes, such as the Army commander fiercely participating in political debates with opposition leaders, were allowed by the president dressed in the uniform of the Armed Forces.

Duque influenced the passivity of the disciplinary body that was supposed to sanction the military. He himself, as a civil servant, was prevented from participating in partisan activities, but he did not care, and besides supporting the commander, he launched himself against the opposition, in defense of the CD party, in the end defeated by the expanded left with sectors offended by the way the State was administered.

Lying and lying left Duque and the CD showing the copper.

Their candidates were swept at the polls by waves of Indians, blacks, youth and popular leaders, willing to bury forever any possibility that the country continues in the hands of some 14 families, agglutinated around Alvaro Uribe, ultra-right-wing former president accused of drug trafficking by the U.S. Government, deviser of a policy of military escalation based on results, which left 6,402 State crimes, known as false positives.

All those killed were peasants, innocent small-town boys, drug addicts, captured by squads of civilians sent by the military, who received them, dressed them in guerrilla clothing and shot them. Then, they officially reported on combats against subversives.

While this year 39 Indian children from the Wayúu community died of hunger, Duque spent 46,000 million pesos to amplify his lies through propaganda in the highest rated TV slots.

All that big lie is over. Now, a leftist government, about which Duque and the CD continue to lie, takes the helm of Colombia.

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