Who Is Colombia’s Next Finance Minister?

By Luiza Franco

José Antonio Ocampo, President-elect Gustavo Petro's selection, had campaigned for another candidate.

Days after José Antonio Ocampo agreed to become President-elect Gustavo Petro’s finance minister, he said to a reporter from El País: “I’m in this because he talks about creating a grand national consensus. I have not been a petrista until now.” Ocampo, 69, is an economist and self-described center-left social democrat. He worked on the presidential campaign of one of Petro’s opponents, centrist Sergio Fajardo, who lost in the first round. But as of August 7, he will hold the most important cabinet position in Colombia’s first-ever leftist government.  Colombia, a...

Read this article on the Americas Quarterly website. | Subscribe to AQ.