In the most recent episode of Lo Que Importa, our co-editor-in-chief Vanessa Vallejo sat down with Colombian Senator María Fernanda Cabal to discuss the outcome of the most recent elections and the political future of Colombia.
Cabal, a conservative, member of the Democratic Center (CD) party, says she is “proud” to maintain her position as Colombia’s most voted senator and to confront “the moral superiority” of the left, shedding the “prejudices” held by the moderate wing of the Colombian right, which she refers to as “the cowardly little right.”
Although Cabal may have won a personal victory in the elections, the CD did not perform as well, losing half of the seats it held in Colombia’s House of Representatives and five seats in the Senate. According to his position, this is because President Iván Duque has governed “without the party that elected him.”
The senator also blames the results on the internal “disorder” of the CD and says that, as a result, the leaders “do not have the identity of the popular bases.” For Cabal, in her party “some are privileged over others and good people get bored and leave.” She believes that if Duque had governed with the party’s ideas, the coalition would be “immensely powerful” in the presidential elections.
María Fernanda Cabal and the future of Colombia
Concerned about the state of Colombian politics, Senator Cabal points out that the CD and former President Álvaro Uribe himself “feared the right wing,” which was “crucified” by the “propaganda” of the center and the left. This happens, in her opinion, “for not defending the facts of history and letting us impose a false memory.”
Regarding the future of Colombia, the senator believes that the candidate of the extreme left, Gustavo Petro, will not succeed in his effort to become president. She appeals, however, to the union between the center and the center-right and proposes “structural reforms” to “break the monopolies” to prevent him from winning the upcoming presidential election.
In this regard, she sent a message to center-right candidate Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez to make the antitrust laws a “commitment for the homeland” and to be straight up to the Colombian people.
“I ask candidate Federico Gutiérrez to clarify the doubts we have. We want to sit down and talk. In the end, we are all going to be united against adversity and threats, I hope that. However, in the meantime, we want to know: what does the candidate think?” Cabal said.
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