they are already various books by former president Iván Duque that flatter his management at the head of Colombia. The most recent, published by Villegas Editorsits titled “Duque, his presidency (2018-2022)” and seeks to portray some of the supposed successes that he achieved in his four-year term, when he directed the destinies of the nation.
The book, of approximately 230 pageshas a prologue by the Peruvian writer, Nobel Prize for Literature 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa and it has, among its pages, some of the considered iconic moments of the former uribista president.
Its premiere will be next tuesday november 22at 4:45 p.m., in the Mayor Auditorium Doctor Angelico Building, in Bogota. The event will have the participation of Iván Duque himself, who has been working abroad since he left power in his native country.
In the prologue of the letter, known by the magazine WeekVargas Llosa highlights -with drums and cymbals- management of the former head of state, who made himself known by the social outbreak product of the tax reform that his government wanted to implement in 2021, and that mainly affected the middle class, with heavy taxes.
From April to June of the previous year, the main cities of Colombia were submerged, In the midst of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemicin violent protests that were characterized by the police brutality, the attacks on the demonstrators by the Public Force and a series of events that, to date, continue to cause him harsh criticism of Duke.
However, the Peruvian writer describes the predecessor of today’s President Gustavo Petro as a “magnificent president” and he highlights several of the, in his opinion, skills that Duque demonstrated leading the country in one of the most difficult times in its republican history.
“President Iván Duque Márquez, who assumed the leadership of Colombia on August 7, 2018, was a magnificent president, respectful of freedom and legality, who went out of his way to bring good ideas to Colombia and to whom Colombians, I am I’m sure they’ll be sorely missed,” says the novelist.
Moreover, it ensures that one of the main achievements of the sponsored by Álvaro Uribe Vélez was to move Colombia forward in the midst of the pandemic. “His policy against the coronavirus, that catastrophe that fell on the world unexpectedly, was excellent and I think Colombians will recognize it. He carried out a vaccination and care project for the sick that covered a good part of the country, and that will always be remembered by his compatriots ”, mentions.
Even Vargas Llosa himself acknowledges that Colombians failed to understand several of the ideas that Duque he wanted to move forward when he was a tenant of the Casa de Nariño and that, in his opinion, “were always inspired by the best ideas of progress and improvement in the country.”
Although the former president won the 2018 elections with the far-right Democratic Center partydirected by his political mentor -also former president Uribe-, the Peruvian writer believes that Duque is of liberal ideology.
Of course, he did not hesitate to recognize that those who most welcomed the Duque were businessmen and the private sector, whom the former uribista ruler defended tooth and nail during his years in power. “These ideas were not very easy to apply during that convulsive period in which he led Colombia, but he did it systematically as far as it was possible to do it, and I think both employers and workers will recognize this once this difficult transition is over. and what awaits the Colombian future”, points.
Vargas Llosa, who has declared himself one of the greatest supporters of Álvaro Uribeassures that he does not look favorably on the future of Colombia, now that Duque is not leading it and it is in the hands of the first left-wing president. Thus concluded his prologue:
“President Petro has already stated many points with which it is difficult to agree. But let us talk while he runs and, in this sense, I am sure that the Colombians will value Duque’s management very positively, and they will miss him ”.
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Mario Vargas Llosa defends the government of Iván Duque “cloak and dagger”: “He was a magnificent president”