Uribe, Former President of Colombia: Right Cannot Forget Social

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In the 2000s, Alvaro Uribe became the most popular president of the Latin America. One of the main names on the right in the region, the politician commanded the Colombia between 2002 and 2010, in one of the best economic times in the country, driven by overall Latin American growth. His government was mainly marked by a frontal war against the guerrillas in the Colombian jungle – for which it still carries an extensive legion of defenders, but also many critics.

Addressing themes such as the economic recovery, the recent protests in Colombia and the preservation of the Amazon, Uribe gave an interview to EXAM days before participating this Thursday, 16, in the “Forum Freedom and Democracy”, organized by the Institute for Formation of Leaders.

The Colombian will speak, via videoconference, on a panel on the future of Latin America alongside the former Brazilian president Michel Temer.

A decade after leaving power, Uribe maintains his fierce criticism of the peace agreement with the FARC, which yielded the successor and former ally Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) the Nobel Peace Prize. “In the name of peace, as they said, they gave absolute impunity to terrorist groups, and what that did was create more violence,” he says.