https://gustavo-petroiwrq031.werite.net/post/2022/05/26/Hard-cross-between-Gustavo-Petro-and-General-Zapateiro was supposed to discuss pensions and closing Asofundos. Instead the president addressed politics.
President Ivan Duque’s closing remarks to the Asofondos congress of Cartagena didn’t go according to plan. Instead Duque spoke about politics and the ways in which. Gustavo Petro was criticised for the use of his chair in a way to attack the army. He also criticized the fact that he is not only a candidate but also as a congressman.
Duvalier Santiago Duvalier Santiago Valle del Cauca Green Alliance representative, interrupted him and asked him what he’d respond to the actions of General Eduardo Zapateiro in opposition to Gustavo Petro ‘s comments.
“Article 229. The Constitution specifically prohibits the involvement militaries in political situations, or taking sides participating in the dialogue between democratic parties that is in place. petro gustavo is shocked. petro gustavo declared that it was a critical moment in the General’s decisions. Sanchez held up his cellphone and broadcast the events on Facebook.
The president responded with strength to the protest by defending Zapateiro.
Petro’s double status today as a congressman/head the opposition and as candidate, was criticized by the president Duque.
“Who made the accusations?” Are they a senator or presidential candidate? “I have resigned from Congress to have the freedom to voice my opinion freely and as a candidate and not to use the double hat (…) for an office to make a statement or criticize the institutions, and when they react, make myself appear as the victim. This isn’t democracy neither,” the president stated.
Sanchez attempted to follow the controversy However, Sanchez was stopped by the president who demanded that Sanchez observe the rules.
How did the fight between Petro, Zapateiro begin?
On the 20th of April, Petro published this message on his networks. “While the troops are murdered in the Gulf Clan attack, some of the generals who are on the payroll of the clan are also getting killed.” The corruption of the clan’s leadership is evident when it’s those who traffic in drugs eventually become generals.” the presidential candidate wrote.
On Friday, Zapateiro responded exactly the same way.