Colombia passes Uribe third term bill

Bookmark and Share

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/

PressTV
Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:17:38 GMT

Colombian legislators have approved a bill calling for a referendum on a constitutional reform to allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for a third term.

The bill was approved in the early hours of Wednesday in an 85-5 vote, after a tough debate that lasted more than 12 hours.

The move by the House of Representatives must still be endorsed by Colombia’s Constitutional Court.

The referendum would ask voters if Colombia should modify its constitution to allow presidents to run for two consecutive re-elections.

The constitution, which was already modified once in 2006 to let Uribe run for a second four-year term, allows for a single immediate re-election.

The conservative US-backed Uribe has not yet said publicly if he would make a 2010 run to stay in power.

Opposition groups and even some of the 57-year-old president’s supporters have openly opposed reforming the constitution, saying that another term for Uribe would undermine Colombia’s democracy.

However, some of the president’s supporters say he is the only leader who can tackle the leftist FARC guerrillas after he launched a massive operation — aided by billions of dollars in US funds — against the rebels, driving them back into the jungles and remote mountains of Colombia.

Uribe’s government is currently under fire by other Latin American states over Bogota’s plan to give US troops access to Colombian military bases through a 10-year lease agreement.

The top US ally in the region claims that the deal is only an extension of an existing cooperation with Washington to weed out drug smugglers and leftist guerillas.

Many South American countries, however, believe that Washington is using the regional war on drugs as a pretext to boost its regional military presence.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This blog may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes, to advance understanding of human rights, democracy, scientific, moral, ethical, and social justice issues, etc. This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

see

Irked by US-Colombia deal, Chavez warns of war

Eva Golinger: America wants to attack Venezuela

Why the U.S. Government Hates Venezuela By Shamus Cooke

2 thoughts on “Colombia passes Uribe third term bill

  1. Pingback: stimulator: Super Soak the Olympic Torch « Dandelion Salad

  2. Having lived in Colombia for two years, I can categorically state that this is not a good idea for Colombia. When Betancourt was President progress was made towards moving the country towards peace. uribe has moved towards conflict and war, and alienated all the neighboring countries.

Comments are closed.