Colombia. Carlos Holmes, Minister of Defense, died of covid-19


Colombia / 26.01.2021 05:22:41

Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo García died this Tuesday in Bogotá at the age of 69 as a result of COVID-19, reported President Iván Duque.

« Colombians, with deep sorrow and sadness, I have received the news of the death of our Defense Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, » said President Duque in a statement to the country in which he noted that the official died « early today after complications to his health while battling covid-19 « .

The minister, who was also Duque’s chancellor in the first fifteen months of his government, had tested positive for covid-19 on January 12 in Barranquilla, two days after heading a security council in the neighboring city of Santa Marta.

That same day he was quarantined and although he continued with his duties, he was admitted to the Iberoamerican clinic in Barranquilla, from where on January 14 he was transferred to the Central Military Hospital in Bogotá, where he died at two in the morning today.

« Carlos Holmes was my friend, my partner in struggle, my teammate and my minister in two portfolios, » Duque recalled in the statement he gave this morning at the Casa de Nariño, presidential headquarters, in the company of the military leadership.

« I had the honor to share principles and ideals with him and to fight together for the welfare of citizens, » added the president, who highlighted the « vocation of public service » of the late minister.

Carlos Holmes Trujillo was born in 1951 in Cartago, a town in the department of Valle del Cauca, and was a lawyer from the Universidad del Cauca.

Trujillo had a long political career that led him to be Minister of Education, Interior, Foreign Relations and Defense in several governments.

He was also mayor of Cali, member of the National Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1991 Colombian Constitution, ambassador to Austria, Russia, the Organization of American States (OAS) and to the European Union in Brussels, among other positions.

He arrived at the Ministry of Defense in November 2019, after being Duque’s chancellor since the beginning of his government, on August 7, 2018.