Colombia swears in President Duque

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Amid concerns over the influence he will have over Colombia's peace process, Iván Duque was sworn in on Tuesday as the country's 60th president.

With over 12,000 police officers keeping a watchful eye in the historic center of Bogotá, the heads of state of most Latin American nations attended the ceremony held in Bolívar square. One notable exception was Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who earlier this week accused Colombia's outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos of being responsible for the alleged drone attack in Caracas over the weekend.

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Duque, 42, is the fourth youngest head of state in the country's history. He won Colombia's first presidential election since a 2016 peace deal between the government and the leftist FARC rebels, which ended Latin America's longest and bloodiest armed conflict.

Duque, who belongs to the conservative Centro Democrático party of former president Álvaro Uribe, has opposed key aspects of the accord that he claims are too lenient on ex-combatants. His pro-business agenda includes plans to cut corporate taxes and create new incentives for oil and mining companies.