The Colombian House of Representatives this Tuesday voted against the motion of censure against Defense Minister Diego Molano, tabled by the opposition for his management during protests that have been taking place across the country for a month and which have registered at least twenty dead and hundreds of people Complaints against police work.
The motion had 36 votes in favor, 109 against the Democratic Center, the Conservative Party, the U, Cambio Radical and Colombia Justa Libres.
Democratic Center representative Margarita Restrepo said the news shows that “the majority of Colombian congressmen support the restoration of law and order to the streets of Colombia”. “We believe that Colombia needs to be the same productive, powerful and safe country for traders, business people and the people who go out every day to help move this country forward,” he said, according to Caracol Radio.
On the other hand, the representative of the Greens, Inti Asprilla, who voted in favor of the motion, has assured that the vote for the Colombians is “a criterion for the next elections” and has denounced that the votes are in favor of Molano’s continuation “against the people”.
When the decision became known, Molano said it “confirms the Colombians’ trust in our public power”. “We will continue to work to guarantee a safe democracy for everyone,” he added in a message on social networks.
This is the second time Molano’s Continuity has been ratified since last week the Senate also overturned a censure motion by a group of opposition Congressmen.
Molano is President Iván Duque’s third defense minister to face a proposal from Congress after Guillermo Botero and the late Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who were successful, despite the former’s decision to resign for the second time in just four months.