Is Colombia’s congress also dropping the ball on peace?

In the three months that followed a peace deal with Marxist FARC guerrillas, Colombia’s Congress has only been able to approve three of 30 bills that were supposed to be “fast-tracked” through the legislative body.

The “fast-track” mechanism allowed Congress to reduce the number of debates from seven to four in an attempt to swiftly implement the peace deal with the country’s oldest rebel group for a transitional period of six months.

However, even with extra sessions being called, Congress was unable to approve more than one tenth of the bills in the first half of the transitional period.

The delays can’t only be blamed on the lawmakers. The government itself admitted Wednesday that it hadn’t formally proposed the opposition statute bill Congress was supposed to vote on. Consequently, the session had to be canceled.

According to Congress President Mauricio Lizcano, this has been pretty much the norm.

“There are weeks in which we don’t move because there are no proposals to study. They announced a tidal wave of initiatives that really have been very few.”

Congress President Mauricio Lizcano

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