23 Jun 2022 16:22 GMT

The president-elect assured that all those aircraft that are purchased during these weeks will be sold again.

The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, asked the outgoing president, Iván Duque, to rescind the purchase of aircraft for public institutions, to which he replied that his government was not making “luxury purchases” of aircraft.

In a trill, the leader of the Historical Pact he claimed that all the planes that are acquired these weeks, before August 7, the day on which the government takes office, will be sold again.

In statements To Noticias Caracol, Duque denied that “sumptuous purchases of airplanes” or “military equipment that corresponds to last-minute decisions or windstorms” were being made.

The president, who was the first to recognize the victory of his political opponent and successor, said that his country “has had an acquisition plan because there is a lot of equipment that is obsolete and has been replaced,” for which he denied that It was just a government policy. “It is a regular process that Colombia has had“, he asserted.

The outgoing president said that the purchasing processes are budgeted and that “there are no expenses that are incurred and that do not have a budget support.” Similarly, he stated that this may be subject to review when the transition process between governments begins.

The first meeting between Petro and Duque will take place this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (local time). The outgoing president has said that he hopes that it will be “an institutional, transparent, harmonious and peaceful process that will allow all information to be shared” so that the “next government can begin with total clarity the management in favor of the Colombian people.”

Last May, the Ecuadorian Legacy EMB-135 BJ presidential plane would have been sold to the Colombian Air Force, as confirmed by the Ecuadorian Minister of Economy and Finance, Simón Cueva, whose cost would be about eight million dollars. However, Duque denied the transaction and assured that “no negotiation has been finalized, no plane has been paid and no plane is going to be bought.”

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