Colombia: President Promulgates Reform of Youth Citizenship Statute

(June 13, 2018) On March 1, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1885 of 2018 on Reforming the Statute on Youth Citizenship (Law 1622 of 2013). The new Law creates a political electoral system allowing youth between fourteen and twenty-eight years old to elect members of and be elected to municipal youth councils. Under the new Law, Council members have the right to express their opinions and vote in local, departmental, and national elections every four years. (Presidente Santos sancionó la Ley 1885 de 2018 que modifica el Estatuto de Ciudadanía Juvenil, COLOMBIA JOVEN (Mar. 2, 2018); Ley 1885 de Por el Cual se Modifica la Ley Estatutaria 1622 de 2013 y Se Dictan Otras Disposiciones, Mar. 1, 2018, Presidency of the Republic website.)

President Santos said the new measure would strengthen the capacity of youth to pursue a better future. (Presidente Santos sancionó la Ley 1885 de 2018 que modifica el Estatuto de Ciudadanía Juvenil, supra.)

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