Santos installs ‘post-conflict cabinet’ within Colombia’s existing cabinet

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday installed a “Post-Conflict Cabinet” that within the administration will be responsible for carrying out peace building policies.

With the exception of incoming Vice-President General Oscar Naranjo, who is set to replace outgoing VP German Vargas, Santos held the first meeting with the members of the cabinet-within-the-cabinet.

The post-conflict cabinet consist of ministers whose departments have to do either directly or indirectly with the implementation of the peace deal signed with the country’s largest rebel group FARC last year.

Apart from the rebel group’s agreement to demobilize and disarm, the peace accord contains far-stretching policy changes that seek to tackle the causes and aggravators of political violence and war that has had Colombia in its grip for more than half a decade.

The ministers taking part in the post-conflict cabinet are Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, Labor Minister Clara Lopez, Finance Minister Mauricio…