Constitutional Experts Clarify Gustavo Petro's Scope as Head of State
Public law attorney Juan Casallas was quoted in an Asuntos Legales article about the controversy surrounding Colombian President Gustavo Petro, who claimed to be the boss of the country's Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa. The article explains that the president has no authority over the attorney general because the Constitution establishes a clearly defined separation of powers. The president's role as head of state applies only internationally and does not mean he can give orders to the judiciary, which is completely independent of the executive branch. Furthermore, Mr. Casallas explained the president's role in international affairs.
"The role of head of state has to do with the representation of political unity and is reflected in the representation exercised by the president in international relations," he said.