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Tue May 12, 2020, 03:51 PM

Duque used Colombia's peace funds to pay for presidential approval poll

by Adriaan Alsema May 12, 2020

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque used money meant for the implementation of peace policies to pay for a poll over public approval of his peace policy, local media reported on Monday.

According to newspaper El Espectador, Duque paid the notoriously unreliable National Consultancy Center (CNC) $123,000 (COP481 million) last week to conduct the poll.

The CNC generally puts the presidents’ approval ratings as much as 20 percentage points higher than other pollsters.

The scandal over Duque’s use of peace funds for propaganda purposes is the second this month.

A week before paying the pollster, the president’s propaganda chief paid his political party’s PR firm $840 thousand (COP3.4 billion) to take charge of “the definition and implementation of the strategy to improve the president’s image online,” radio station La FM found out.


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