|Vice President of the|
Republic of Colombia
Vice Presidential Seal
|Government of Colombia|
|Style||Madam Vice President|
|Seat||Bogota, D.C, Colombia.|
|Appointer||Direct popular vote|
|Term length||4 years|
|Constituting instrument||Colombian Constitution of 1991 (Current)|
|Inaugural holder||Francisco Antonio Zea|
(Decemberl 17, 1819)
|Formation||December 17, 1819|
|Succession||First in the presidential line of succession|
|Website||Vicepresidencia de la República|
The Vice President of Colombia is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of Colombia upon leave of absence or death, resignation, or removal of the president, as designated by the Colombian Constitution of 1991 which also reinstated the vice president figure after almost a century of being abolished during the presidency of Rafael Núñez. The vice president cannot assume presidential functions on temporary absences of the president such as official trips abroad or vacations. In these cases, the president delegates functions to a cabinet member, usually the Minister of the Interior. Marta Lucía Ramírez is the current vice president.
The vice president must be a natural-born citizen of Colombia, at least 30 years of age. The Colombian Constitution of 1991 requires the vice president to meet the same eligibility requirements as the president that can be re-elected. He or she is also eligible for an unlimited number of terms as vice president.
The vice president has the same period of functions that the President of Colombia and will replace him in case of temporary or complete absences. The vice president can also be authorized by the president special missions (like to represent him on international diplomatic visits) or designate him in any position of the Colombian Executive branch of Power.
Every president has defined the vice president's functions within their government.
According to the Decree 2719 of December 17, 2000 in the Colombian Constitution of 1991 which modified the structure of the Administrative Department of the Presidency of the Republic, the functions of the vice president are: