This Tuesday, December 6, in the House of Representatives, congressmen voted against the motion of no confidence that advanced the opposition against the Minister of Mines, Irene Vélez, the vote went from 132 to 24 votes.
Once the results were known, the president, Gustavo Petro, was satisfied with the support for his minister. “I welcome the support of the House of Representatives for Minister Irene Vélez. His commitment and his constant work for a decrease in energy rates is recognized, ”said the head of state.
It didn’t take many minutes for Irene Vélez to respond: “President, today the support was for the mining-energy policy proposal of the government of change. The agreements reached in the Pact for Tariff Justice are just the first step on a path of change that we have already started, ”said the official on her Twitter account.
Irene Vélez arrived very early at the Elliptic Hall to wait for the vote, which had practically been sung since last Thursday, what would be in your favor. A motion of censure was processed for the minister, considering, from the opposition, that her messages from when she took office generated economic panic, put the state company Ecopetrol at risk, and also that she is unaware of the sector, which could not be Full identified in the discussion.
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After knowing the results that were in her favor, the minister assured the media that:
“It is not a witch hunt, it is an exercise within the framework of democracy where there is a right for the opposition to ask questions about what is the policy of this Government and we as a Government also have a duty, of course, in respond to those concerns.
In addition, he specified that:that motion allowed us to clarify to the country that our main just energy transition policy It has some principles that start from the connection through dialogues with the communities, from being intensive in knowledge, from ensuring a progressive and safe transition”.
In the same sense, the senator of the Historical Pact, ivan cepedaaffirmed: “Defeated the motion of censure against Minister Irene Vélez: With 132 votes against and 24 votes in favor. Win the energy transition”.
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Instead, his detractors pointed out that in just 100 days they have been plus the negative points than the successes of Vélez, which has generated an economic impact against the interests of the nation due to its “lack of experience” in the hydrocarbons sector.
“They will say that 100 days is a very short time for a vote of no confidence, but in these meager 100 days the Minister of Mines is generating an economic tsunami, recognized by the Minister of Finance himself,” argued the representative to the Chamber Carolina Arbeláez, from Radical Change, promoter of the debate.
Finally, Irene Vélez took advantage of her Twitter account to send a message to Gustavo Petro: “Thank you President for your support. We continue to work based on social and environmental justice. We are going for the Just Energy Transition, the #GovernmentDelCambio advances”, wrote the ratified head of the Mines and Energy portfolio.
An Invamer survey on November 11 revealed the perception that Colombians have of the Government of Gustavo Petro in different aspects such as favourability, acceptance of their proposals, image of the institutions and the perception of the ministers.
In this last item, the Minister of Mines, cracked. Irene Velez had a favorable image of 12.5% and unfavorable of 16.9%.