Colombian president’s central bank appointment draws strong criticism

Banco de la Republica
Central Bank of Colombia, Bogota
Photo: Rachael King

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, appointed his former finance minister to the board of the central bank on August 30.

Alberto Carrasquilla left office in May after a tax reform package he proposed incited mass protests across the country, which continued after his resignation.

Carrasquilla replaces Carolina Soto, who resigned on August 27. Soto stepped down because her husband, former health minister Alejandro Gaviria, announced he would contest presidential elections next year. Duque’s

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