Duc appointed Carlos Trujillo as new Chancellor of Colombia


Carlos Holmes Trujillo García, a veteran politician who has worked with six Colombian governments, will be the next foreign minister, announced Friday, Ivan Duque, president-elect, who will take office on August 7.

The appointment of Trujillo as Chancellor has been given by some in Colombia virtually since Duque was elected on June 17, and he confirmed it tonight in Miami during a television interview with the journalist and writer Jaime Bayly, broadcast live by local channel Mega TV.

"It is a guarantee of political experience, diplomacy and respectability" and that is why he decided "to be our Minister of Foreign Affairs", said Duque on Twitter

who will succeed María Ángela Holguín, who accompanies President Juan Manuel Santos since who came to power eight years ago, a longer period than any of his predecessors

Chancellor Chancellor was with Duque last week in the United States and Spain during the President's first international outings.

] Trujillo has a long political and diplomatic career and was even a partner of the formula of Uribista Óscar Iván Zuluaga when he aspired to the Colombian presidency in the 2014 elections.

67 years old, Trujillo is a a great connoisseur of governmental affairs inside and outside the country, the experience gained in the various positions held with the presidents Alfonso López Michelsen (1974-1978), Julio César Turbay (1978- 1982), Cesar Gaviria (1990-1994), Ernesto Samper (1994-1998), Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002) and Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010).

Carlos Holmes Trujillo García was born in Cartago, Spain. the department of Valle del Cauca (south-west), whose father, of the same name, was a member of Congress on several occasions.

The appointed Chancellor is a lawyer of the University of Cauca and holds a Master's degree in International Business from the University of Sofia. from Tokyo, which he exercised while he was a diplomat in Japan

Trujillo's first public position was that of consul and chargé d'affaires at the Colombian Embassy in Tokyo under the governments of López Michelsen and Turbay Ayala

. he was minister of education and the interior, as well as a senior peace adviser (1994-1995) during the presidency of Samper. He stated that progress must be made towards the humanization of the armed conflict by Protocol II. Co nvenios de Ginebra.

In Japan, he was also responsible for the affairs of the Colombian embassy and, in 1990, he was sent on a special mission to the United Nations General Assembly

. Vienna (1998-1999) and in Russia between 1999 and 2001.

He also held the positions of Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Austria and Sweden, and of Head of Mission to the European Union,

In 1988, he was the first mayor of Cali, capital of Valle del Cauca, elected by popular vote.

In 2003, he sought the post of governor of his department but was defeated by Angelino Garzón, then independent candidate and union leader who later became vice president of Santos.

Among the main challenges that Trujillo will have as chancellor of the next government are those regarding the dispute that borders Nicaragua and the tense relationship between He will also have to maintain the high level of ties with Washington, and whether or not Colombia continues to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

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