|Rosemberg Pabón Pabón|
|Director of the National Administrative Department of Solidary Economy|
September 6, 2006
|President||Álvaro Uribe (2006-2010)
Juan Manuel Santos (2010-present)
|Preceded by||Alfredo Sarmiento Narváez|
|Senator of Colombia|
July 20, 2004 – November 1, 2004
July 22, 2003 – October 22, 2003
|Mayor of Yumbo|
January 1, 1998 – November 17, 2000
|Preceded by||Carlos Alberto Moreno Herrera|
|Succeeded by||Alba Leticia Chávez Jiménez|
January 1, 1947 |
Yumbo, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
|Political party||Citizens' Convergence|
Alternative Way (2002)
Independent Democratic Pole (2003-2005)
|Alma mater||Santiago de Cali University (B.Sc)
University of the Andes (M.Sc)
Rosemberg Pabón Pabón (born January 1, 1947) is a Colombian political scientist who since 2006 serves as Director of the National Administrative Department of Solidary Economy (DanSocial). A former leader of the M-19 guerilla movement, he commanded the 1980 Dominican Embassy siege in Bogotá. After the Government reached a peace deal with the M-19, Pabón returned to the country, re-entered society and entered politics, first as a Delegate to the National Constituent Assembly in 1991, then as Mayor of Yumbo from 1998 to 2000, and as Senator for Congress in 2003 and 2004.
Involvement with the M-19
Siege of the Dominican Embassy
Exile in Cuba & demobilization
Pabón lived in exile in Cuba, after the siege, for several years, remaining a member of the M-19. He returned to Colombia after M-19 signed a peace treaty with the Colombian government in March 1990.
Mayor of Yumbo
In 1997, Pabón successfully ran for Mayor of the Municipality of Yumbo as a M-19 candidate for the 1998-2000 period. His first concern as Mayor was to dissipate the public sector strike that had taken place under the administration of the previous mayor Carlos Alberto Moreno Herrera.
In 2000, Rosemberg resigned as Mayor of Yumbo to stand for as a candidate in the nearby elections for Mayor of Santiago de Cali. He temporarily steeped down leaving Abraham Rubio Quiroga as interim Mayor of Yumbo before the next elections, and was finally replaced by Alba Leticia Chávez Jiménez. His run for Mayor of Cali, however, proved unsuccessful, losing to John Maro Rodríguez Flórez.
In 2002, Pabón ran for the Senate of Colombia as third in line from the Alternative Way Senate list of Antonio Navarro Wolff, another former M-19 member, however Navarro's list only managed to get enough votes for two seats. In 2004, Pabón replaced Navarro in the Senate from July 20 to November 1, an opportunity that repeated itself again from July 22 to October 22, 2003 when he replaced Gerardo Antonio Jumi Tapias.
During his time as Senator, Pabón voted in favor of proposed legislation that would have legalized recognition of same-sex unions in Colombia, however the proposed law that had the backing of prominent liberal senators like Piedad Córdoba could not amount the necessary votes to pass.
In 2005, Pabón left the Independent Democratic Pole, a left leaning coalition party which he himself had help found, among other reasons, Pabón was a strong supporter of the conservative leaning President Álvaro Uribe Vélez and believed that the Pole was taking "leftist radicalism of the maoist and procuban era." In 2006, Pabón once again ran for Senate this time trying to align himself more to the centre-right by joining the ranks of the political party Citizens' Convergence, this time around however proved more unsuccessful than before as Pabón was not able to get enough conservative votes and alienated his strong liberal base.
Director of DanSocial
On August 1, 2006, President Uribe named Pabón to head the National Administrative Department of Solidary Economy, also known as DanSocial., the state agency in charge of formulating and developing policy on matters of solidarity economy.
- Pabón Pabón, Rosemberg (1998). Asi Nos Tomamos La Embajada [This Is How We Took Over The Embassy] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Planeta. ISBN 978-958-614-059-1. OCLC 12417237.
- "THE WORLD IN SUMMARY; Colombia's M-19 Runs Out of Luck" - New York Times
- "Carbon-copy ordeal recalled" - Toronto Star
- "37 Die In Guerrilla Attack" - Milwaukee Sentinel
- "Municipio de Yumbo, Sin Plata" [Municipality of Yumbo, Without Money]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2000-12-07. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Senado Hunde Ley Para Gays" [Senate Sinks Down Law For Gays]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). 2003-08-27. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- Pabón Pabón, Rosemberg (2006-08-12). Al paredón con María Isabel. Interview with María Isabel Rueda. Revista Semana. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Rosemberg Pabón designado director de Dansocial" [Rosemberg Pabón designated director of Dansocial] (Press release) (in Spanish). Red de Gestores Sociales. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-19.