Superior Court of Bogotá ordered debate between Petro and Hernández in 48 hours

The Court accepted an injunction from a group of citizens in which they stated the need to participate in the formation of political power. Petro and Hernández must agree on the topics to be discussed and between them choose a channel to broadcast it

A few days after the completion of the second round of the presidential election in Colombia, where Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández are the candidates to occupy the House of Nariño, the Superior Court of Bogotá ordered this Wednesday, June 15, both candidates to appear in a debate maximum in the next 48 hours in a national media by mutual agreement.

The judicial body also indicated that it must be done within a maximum period of one hour and through public television, specifically, the National Radio Television Public Media System of Colombia, RTVC.

It must be remembered that in recent days, Rodolfo Hernández stated that he suspended all his campaign events in the streets after confessing that he was afraid after learning about some videos in which Petro and other members of the Historical Pact spoke of alleged plans to “neutralize” the center-left and make that alliance end; as well as a smear campaign against today’s former candidate Federico “Fico” Gutiérrez.

For his part, Petro suspended his attendance at these spaces before the first round because, according to him, the transparency of the vote was not being guaranteed.

Rodolfo Hernández had also expressed that the debates were “polarizing and hateful dynamics”, for which he opted in favor of social networks and interviews.

This decision of the Superior Court of Bogotá was taken after considering an injunction introduced by a group of citizens, including Jorge Luis Bedoya, Jaime Mejía López and Laura Marcela Mosquera Giraldo, who argued that there was a violation of the right of citizens to participate in the formation of political power and therefore demanded the holding of debates.

Meanwhile, Colombians abroad are already exercising their right to vote. Those who live in our country must go to the points arranged on the borders to fulfill their civic duty because there are no consular activities after the rupture of relations in 2019.

However, in the state of Táchira, they placed the metal wall of the National Guard units on the avenue that leads to the border, leaving traffic only for people who circulate on foot, with the premise of “guaranteeing security and order next Sunday »and avoid crowds as happened in the first round.

It is important to note that the borders of Colombia will close on Saturday June 18 at 6:00 pm and will reopen at 6:00 am on the 20th.

With information from Time / The nation / 800 News /

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