Colombia’s foreign minister resigns

The Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum resigned after a letter from the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

“I am grateful for the enormous trust you have shown in me in naming me for this important role,” said Blum in her letter to President Ivan Duque.

Blum’s resignation follows that of the previous one Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla, who resigned earlier this month after widespread protests against a now canceled tax reform.

The demonstrations in the Andean country began on April 28, fueled by outrage over reform, which included a plan to increase sales taxes.

The demands of the demonstrators now include a basic income and the withdrawal of a long-discussed health reform that opponents believe is too vague to correct inequalities.

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