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The lower house of Colombia overwhelmingly rejects the motion of censure against the Minister of Energy

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The Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia, Irene Velez, has saved this Tuesday the motion of censure against her presented by the House of Representatives, after only 24 deputies voted in favor of removing her from office.

Velez has had the majority support of the chamber -132 votes against the motion- after the rejection of the benches of the Historical Pact, the Liberal Party, the U Party and the Conservative Party to the initiative of the uribista opposition of Democratic Center and Radical Change, reports RCN.

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Velez’s victory comes after a tough debate in which several opposition legislators have reproached him for his past statements on important energy issues in Colombia, such as those related to the exploitation of hydrocarbons.

“The responsibility of this Government is to make this energy transition an opportunity for environmental and social justice,” said the minister on November 30 before the Chamber, from where she warned of the volatile hydrocarbons market, as well as the international price of Petroleum.

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