What are the top five issues President-elect Duque should prioritize in his first one hundred days in office?
In one of the most consequential presidential elections in recent history, Colombians elected Iván Duque as their next president by a healthy twelve-point margin on June 17. In line with most predictions and election polls, uribismo regained power for the first time since former President Álvaro Uribe left office in 2010.
Unlike the 2014 election, where the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was arguably the defining issue, debates around this year’s presidential elections reflected an evolving set of priorities for Colombians. Polls consistently placed economic growth, employment, and the fight against corruption among the top-of-mind issues for Colombians ahead of the elections, reflecting active concerns by the average Colombian about quality of life.
With president-elect Duque set to take office on August 7 with healthy majorities in Congress, what can we expect from his presidency? How will he reactivate an economy that is just starting to recover from the deceleration experienced since the 2014 drop in oil prices?
Debates around this year’s elections
reflected an evolving set of priorities for Colombians.