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Colombia’s New Finance Chief Urges Unity as Protests Rage

  • Restrepo confronts violent demonstrations against tax hikes
  • Predecessor was forced to resign after his tax bill rejected
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against a tax reform bill launched by Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia on April 29.
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against a tax reform bill launched by Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Cali, Colombia on April 29.
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Colombia’s new finance minister struck a conciliatory tone as violent protests continued across the country, saying he would seek to build consensus around a proposal to shore up the budget without resorting to the types of tax hikes that have stirred the unrest.