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Colombia: "No more military aircraft"

Newly elected president Petro stops the purchase of planes for armed forces

Colombia's newly elected president, Gustavo Petro, has asked outgoing President Ivan Duque to suspend the purchase of new aircraft for the country's armed forces. These purchases include several aircraft for the police. Also, a used aircraft put up for sale by Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso, intended in Duque's intentions to become the new presidential fixed-wing vehicle for the Bogotá government. 

"Every plane that is purchased for public institutions in these weeks is being sold again. I ask President Duque to suspend those purchases", Petro wrote on social media. The outgoing president denied the existence of any negotiations on the presidential plane an Embraer Legacy Emb-135BJ (worth $8 million). "No negotiations have been finalized, no planes have been paid for, nothing will be purchased during the last months of my government", Duque replied. 

Regarding planes for law enforcement, a spokesman for the Colombian National Police confirmed that "an agreement has been signed since January for the purchase of six aircraft, following up on a request for presented by the institution in 2016". Of these "three have already been acquired by the Corporacion de la Industria Aeronautica Colombiana (Ciac), controlled by the Ministry of Defense.

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