1991 colombian constituent assembly
On February 5, 1991, the new Colombian Constitution was drafted after a continuing desire from political and public opinion to reform the 1886 constitution. After several earlier failed attempts to begin amending the constitution, la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente de Colombia (Colombian National Constituent Assembly) was proposed as a séptima papeleta (7th ballot) to be included in the upcoming 1990 legislative elections. The public voted in favor of the initiative and the newly elected president, César Gaviria, followed suit by declaring a decree calling for the election of the National Constituent Assembly. On December 9th, 70 delegates from all different political, military, social, religious and cultural groups joined to form the Assembly. As the historic assembly opened a new chapter in the country's history, one of the main concerns addressed throughout the assembly was the issue of extradition of colombian nationals. Subsequently, evidence showed attempts from drug cartels to pressure delegates to make decisions in their favor. The assembly voted in favor of prohibiting the extradition of colombian nationals. Though the passing of this decision restored trust in national governance many were critical of this decision for the fact that it showed submission towards the threats drug lords posed. Not only, this decision raised the issue of causing friction between Colombia's relations with other allies. This committee will take place in 1991 in the midst of the assembly and will address the social, political and economic impacts of the proposed changes to the Colombian constitution.