Gustavo Petro’s Biggest Crisis Yet

By Sergio Guzmán

While many details remain unclear, a scandal involving two former aides could permanently paralyze Petro’s agenda.

BOGOTÁ — Gustavo Petro’s presidency has been in choppy waters for most of 2023, with a key ally leaving in February, a major cabinet reshuffle in April, trouble for his top ally in Congress and, through it all, an approval rating that has sagged into the low 30s. But the latest political scandal, involving Laura Sarabia, Petro’s former chief of staff, and Armando Benedetti, the former ambassador to Venezuela, is clearly the biggest crisis so far in Petro’s presidency, placing his entire agenda at risk. The case’s details have been bewildering even to Colombians, with a mix of...

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