Colombia's new president seeks better relations with top judges

15:56, August 10, 2010      

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Colombia's new president Juan Manuel Santos met on Monday with the country's top court judges to ease the tension between the executive branch and the judicial power.

The meeting was held with the attendance of 75 judges from the Supreme Court of Justice, the State's Council, the Constitutional Court and the Judiciary Superior Council.

Interior Minister German Vargas said after the meeting that the new government would be absolutely respectful of the judicial sector.

"Never again will you hear a government official contesting the jurisdictional decisions beyond the lawful processes; never again will happen the same things that happened in these months and that is the national government's intention," Vargas said.

Among the consensus reached between the two sides, both agreed to withdraw a law project which removed the Supreme Court of Justice the faculty of choosing the general prosecutor of the nation.

The relation between Colombia's government and the judicial power was often tense during the tenure of former President Alvaro Uribe. Santos decided to hold the meetings as an effort to consolidate law projects related to the reform of the justice sector.

Source: Xinhua


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