Possession of Iván Duque.

Being the head of government of a country is not an easy job. Travel, responsibilities and stress are some of the problems that come with being the president of Colombia. This is why it is common to see presidents with very different aspects to how they arrived at their position.

Colombia has not been the exception and some of the former presidents look different. The change has not gone unnoticed by citizens who see a new person arrive every four years.

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This is a before and after tour of some former heads of Colombian government.

Ivan Duke (2018 to 2022)

Possession of Iván Duque. / Interview with Iván Duque a few days after leaving the Casa de Nariño. Photo: Mauricio Moreno. TIME

Iván Duque became president in 2018 at the hands of the Democratic Center. The Bogota native was 41 years old when he took office as president with the largest vote in the country’s history.

Interview with Iván Duque a few days after leaving the Casa de Nariño.
Interview with Iván Duque a few days after leaving the Casa de Nariño. / Maurice Moreno. TIME

Juan Manuel Santos (2010 to 2018)

Juan Manuel Santos in a 2010 presidential debate, months before he became president.
Juan Manuel Santos in a 2010 presidential debate, months before he became president. / Andrea Moreno / TIME

Juan Manuel Santos was president for two terms. He reached the peace agreement with the FARC in 2016 and won the Nobel Peace Prize.

On the left: Santos' inauguration in 2010. On the right: his last months as president in 2018.
On the left: Santos’ inauguration in 2010. On the right: his last months as president in 2018. / Jose Miguel Gomez/REUTERS and Abel Cardenas/CEET

Alvaro Uribe Velez (2002 to 2010)

Presidential possession of Uribe Vélez.
Presidential possession of Uribe Vélez. / TIME

Álvaro Uribe Vélez became president of the country in 2002. He became the first candidate to be elected in the first round elections and in 2006 he repeated as president.

In 2010 Uribe supported the candidate Juan Manuel Santos.
In 2010 Uribe supported the candidate Juan Manuel Santos. / REUTERS/Edgar Garrido

Andres Pastrana (1998 to 2002)

Andres Pastrana.
Andres Pastrana. / German Enciso / TIME

Andrés Pastrana became president in 2002, after following in the footsteps of his father Misael Pastrana. His government was recognized for attempts at dialogue with guerrilla groups.

In his government, Plan Colombia was managed and the failed peace process with the FARC in Caguán.  In the photo he is after the end of his mandate.
In his government, Plan Colombia was managed and the failed peace process with the FARC in Caguán. In the photo he is after the end of his mandate. / Archive THE TIME

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