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Colombia's new president seems to be a fan of Bitcoin

Colombia’s new president seems to be a fan of Bitcoin

Gustavo Petro, who recently won the 2022 Colombian presidential election, has previously me statements in favor of cryptocurrencies.

Petro will replace Iván Duque Márquez as the president of Colombia on August 7 for four years after winning the second round of a run-off election on Sunday. The president-elect took to social media in December 2017 shortly after a major bull run to speak on the “strength” of Bitcoin (BTC). Petro hinted at the time that cryptocurrencies like BTC could remove power from government and tritional banks and give it back to the people.

El bitcoin quita poder de emision a los estos y el señoreaje de la moneda a los bancos. Es una moneda comunitaria que se basa en la confianza de quienes realizan transacciones con ella, al tener como base el blockchain, la confianza se mide y crece, de ahí deriva su fortaleza https://t.co/g8cO9WfP0L

— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) December 26, 2017

His running mate, Francia Márquez, who will become the vice president of Colombia, has been largely silent on crypto-related policies. Some of the president-elect’s remarks from 2021 included a response to El Salvor President Nayib Bukele’s idea of building volcano-powered crypto miners in which he suggested that the country use the natural resources of its western coastline to mine crypto.

“Virtual currency is pure information and therefore energy,” said Petro at the time.

With Petro set to take office in August, the politician many have described as “leftist” will join other world leers who have enacted policies or otherwise spoken in favor of crypto option. Bitcoin has been accepted as legal tender in El Salvor since September 2021. In April, Panama’s legislature approved a bill that would have created a regulatory framework for crypto, but President Laurentino Cortizo partially vetoed the measure in June, citing concerns about Anti-Money Laundering, or AML, rules.

Related: Colombia clamps down on crypto tax evasion as option thrives

With roughly 52 million people living in Colombia, the South American nation is one most active in crypto tring in the region, according to data compiled by Usefultulips. In February, major Latin American crypto exchange Bitso launched in Colombia as part of an effort to ​​promote option and financial inclusion.

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ARTICLE: Colombia's new president seems to be a fan of Bitcoin
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-21 21:00:00 
SOURCE: https://cointelegraph.com/news/colombia-s-new-president-seems-to-be-a-fan-of-bitcoin
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