BOGOTA Colombia’s Congress backed the appointment of retired Typical Oscar Naranjo as vice president, replacing German Vargas Lleras who stood down to qualify for a operate at the presidency following calendar year.
President Juan Manuel Santos nominated the previous countrywide police main and peace negotiator to concentrate on security in the Andean country.
Naranjo was permitted with a total of 168 votes in his favor in the lessen property and Senate, when 21 lawmakers solid null or blank votes.
Santos, whose next 4-calendar year time period ends following calendar year and who is barred from managing once again, was protection minister when Naranjo, sixty, took the post as police main in 2007.
Naranjo was element of the government’s negotiating staff in Havana that worked for 4 a long time to clinch a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels.
The accord attained late previous calendar year has ended the 52-calendar year war, and guerrillas are currently dwelling in demobilization camps, where they will hand in their weapons.
As police main right until 2012 Naranjo spearheaded a force in opposition to drug trafficking and structured criminal offense.
(Reporting by Helen Murphy editing by Grant McCool)