President Duque announces plans to strengthen National Protection Unit in the run-up to elections

Earlier this week, Colombian President Iván Duque announced measures that the government would take to increase protection for political candidates ahead of the October 27 local and regional elections.  The announcement followed outrage over the murders of seven candidates, the latest victims of political violence which spiked after the 2016 peace deal with FARC guerrillas. Iván Duque and his party Centro Democrático (CD) have been under criticism for the scarce resources they have pledged to the National Protection Unit (UNP), the agency which provides bodyguards and protection to public figures. According to Colombia Reports, Interior Minister Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez and … Continue reading President Duque announces plans to strengthen National Protection Unit in the run-up to elections