Colombia faces the last year of the government of Iván Duque in a scenario full of uncertainties, with a pandemic that is only now giving a break thanks to the vaccination campaign and with the flame of the protests that shook the country a few months ago far from dying out. All this while political actors are already thinking about next year’s elections, which fuels an atmosphere of tension and even greater polarization. The scenario places the current president in a position in which to guarantee the stability of the country and the smooth transition to the next government may be, paradoxically, his greatest legacy.
Duque has not had an easy presidency. He arrived at the Casa de Nariño under the impregnable shadow of his mentor, former President Álvaro Uribe, who since he came to power in 2002 has marked the future of his two successors. Although Juan Manuel Santos cut off Uribe and left the peace agreement with the FARC as a legacy – a pact that has not been fully implemented as it should be, and has cost a bloodbath of deaths of social leaders – Duque was He can blame that he has never finished breaking ties with the former president, which has generated a wave of rejection from the beginning, at times unjustified, and even recent reproaches from Uribe himself.
However, President Duque has before him the possibility of reversing any setback of these three years in the last that remains of his mandate. During this short period, he can still give way to his most pragmatic and statesman version, who knows how to guarantee the achievement of the vaccination plan against the pandemic, which stabilizes the economy with a reform that satisfies the entire country and moves away from the succession wars, especially those of his own party, which can only increase the wound in a sufficiently hurt country. That would be a good legacy for Colombia.