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In Colombia, an Unpopular Tax Plan Unites Congress

November 08, 2018

BOGOTÁ – As he nears his first 100 days in office, Colombia’s President Iván Duque has achieved something few thought possible: uniting politicians on the left and the right. 

On Oct. 31, Duque presented Congress with a tax reform bill that extends the value added tax to a range of basic goods, from bread to oranges. The plan sparked opposition from politicians as diverse as Duque’s right-wing political mentor, former President Álvaro Uribe, and the leftist senator Duque defeated at the polls last June, Gustavo Petro.

Uribe offered continued support for his protégé, but said...

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