The Prosecutor’s Office will be in charge for the fifth time, as the head of the entity has expired without a replacement being confirmed. The Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice has been unable to choose a new Attorney General of the Nation, leading to the appointment of Martha Mancera as the interim prosecutor. She will replace Francisco Barbosa, whose term is ending after four years in office.
This situation is not unprecedented, as the investigative body has been left without a leader before. Even when Barbosa came to office in February 2020, the entity was headed by someone who was third in command, as both the prosecutor and deputy prosecutor had resigned. Now, Mancera, the right hand of the current Attorney General, will govern the entity for at least ten days until the next ordinary session of the Plenary Chamber on February 22.
In the history of the Attorney General’s Office, Mancera will be the fifth official to be in charge of the entity in a period of 33 years. This has been a result of interim positions that have postponed tenure appointments, not only with the Government of Gustavo Petro, but also with previous administrations. The first interim term was that of Guillermo Mendoza Diago, who took office on August 1, 2009 and was in office for nearly 528 days, the longest tenure to date.
Viviane Morales came to occupy the position on January 11, 2011, but only lasted 420 days as Attorney General, as her election was declared null and void by the Council of State. The next ordinary session of the Plenary Chamber on February 22 will determine whether Ángela María Buitrago, Amelia Pérez Parra, and Luz Adriana Camargo Garzón will finally reach the 16 necessary votes or not.
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