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Luz María Múnera Appointed as Vice Minister for Excluded Populations and Territories in Colombia

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By: Dil Bar Irshad
Luz María Múnera Appointed as Vice Minister for Excluded Populations and Territories in Colombia

Luz María Múnera, a former representative of the Historic Pact in Colombia and an influential figure in Antioquia’s political scene, has been appointed as the new Vice Minister for Excluded Populations and Territories. This appointment comes on the heels of the annulment of her election as a representative for Antioquia by the Council of State. Múnera’s appointment marks the third in a series of five vice ministries under the portfolio led by Vice President Francia Márquez.

Annulling Múnera’s Election

In August 2021, the Fifth Section of the Council of State nullified Múnera’s election as a representative for Antioquia. The decision was a response to a complaint filed by Jhon Jairo Berrío López of the Democratic Center, who alleged irregularities in the 2022 election vote count. Consequently, Berrío was declared the winner. This ruling marked a significant shift in Antioquia’s political landscape, replacing a representative of the Historic Pact with one from the Democratic Center.

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Múnera’s Background and Activism

Born in Medellín on January 5, 1967, Múnera is a public administrator, having graduated from the Superior School of Public Administration. She has made significant contributions to her community through her relentless activism. She served as a councilor for Medellín between 2016 and 2019, following several years of community service and social activism in the city.

During her tenure as a councilor, Múnera was involved in various commissions, including the First Constitutional, Second Constitutional, Legal Accreditation Documental, and the Accidental Commissions of Peace, Special Budget, and Childhood. She held her post as a representative until September 12, 2023.

The New Role as Vice Minister for Excluded Populations and Territories

The Vice Ministry for Excluded Populations and Territories is responsible for ensuring the inclusion of marginalized populations and neglected regions in the nation’s development agenda. Múnera’s appointment to this role signifies her commitment to social justice and her dedication to the people of Colombia. Her experience as a community leader and her understanding of the needs of the excluded populations in Antioquia make her particularly suited for this role.

Múnera’s appointment is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the vice ministry, allowing for an inclusive approach to policy-making. Her role will involve working closely with local communities and stakeholders to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are addressed in the nation’s development plans.

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Impact on Colombia’s Political Landscape

Múnera’s appointment could potentially shift the political dynamics in Colombia. In a political landscape traditionally dominated by figures from established parties, the inclusion of a former representative of the Historic Pact in the vice ministry could provide a much-needed counterbalance. Moreover, as Múnera is a woman, her appointment also underscores the government’s commitment to promoting gender equality in politics.

Despite the controversy surrounding the annulment of her election, Múnera’s appointment as Vice Minister for Excluded Populations and Territories is a testament to her dedication to public service and her commitment to social justice. It remains to be seen how she will leverage her new role to drive change in Colombia, but her track record suggests that she will continue to champion the rights of the marginalized and work tirelessly to ensure their inclusion in the nation’s development agenda.

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