Bonilla is an economist, was Secretary of the Treasury of Bogotá during the mayor’s office of Petro, has worked as a university professor and was currently the director of Financiera de Desarrollo Territorial SA, Findeter.
In the Interior portfolio, the president appointed Luis Fernando Velasco to replace Alfonso Prada, in the Ministry of Health Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo to replace Carolina Corcho and in the Ministry of Agriculture Jhenifer Mojica to relieve Cecilia López.
In addition, Petro appointed Yesenia Olaya in the Ministry of Science, William Camargo in Transportation and Mauricio Lizcano in Information Technology.
Petro requested the resignation of his entire team of collaborators on Tuesday, after the debate session on a controversial health reform was suspended in the House of Representatives when the necessary quorum was not achieved due to the threat of some parties of the coalition of Government not to approve the original project.
The president referred the day before on Twitter to a “rethinking of the government”, after ending alliances with traditional key parties for the success of his reforms in Congress.
“The invitation to a social pact for change has been rejected. The political coalition agreed upon as a majority has ended today by decision of some party presidents. Some of whom threaten the majority of their own bench,” he wrote. the mandatary.
“Such a situation leads us to a rethinking of the government,” he added.
The political decisions taken today demonstrate:
1. The invitation to a social pact for change has been rejected.
Those who have enriched themselves with the use of public money have not realized that society demands its rights and that this implies dialogue and pact.
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo)
April 26, 2023
Petro had a coalition in Congress that approved a tax reform last year and aimed in general terms at approving the current projects, but the Liberal, U and Conservative parties said in statements posted on Twitter that they would not vote on the reform health proposed by the government.
In addition to this reform, Petro is promoting a labor reform project and another to modify the pension system.
Other discrepancies in the agricultural sector triggered the conflict. In a public event, Petro assured that an “emergency government” should be installed in Colombia “since Congress was not able to approve some very peaceful simple articles” on the equitable distribution of land.
“Emergency means that government teams are working day and night (…) Whoever is not capable of doing this, they no longer have space in our government,” he added.