Colombia’s Lower House Rejects Duque’s Change to Peace Tribunal

4/11/2019

Colombia's lower house has overwhelmingly rejected President Ivan Duque's suggested modifications to the country's transitional justice system, voting 110 to 44 against the suggested changes. Duque asked legislators in March to review six parts of the law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal.

The modifications were expected to be defeated because the peace accord, signed under former President Juan Manuel Santos, is part of the country's constitution. Any changes would require a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

"This is a huge defeat for the government," Sergio Guzman, director of Colombia Risk Analysis, said. "In spite of throwing all their heavy artillery, with the attorney general attending the congressional session, they were unable to amass sufficient votes, which speaks volumes about the loss that the government is suffering…”

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