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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:30 AM
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Colombians debate third term for president
updated 6:18 p.m. EST, Thu December 4, 2008
Colombians debate third term for president

From Claudia Palacios
CNN

BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe enjoys one of the highest popularity ratings of any leader in South America, so much that his supporters are pushing for a third presidential term for him.

But the constitution would have to be changed to allow that, and recent global issues have even some supporters questioning whether Uribe should be allowed to seek that extra time in office.

"When the president was first re-elected in 2006, the economy was thriving, and the president benefited from its success," said Carlos Lemoine, a political consultant. "Now, the economy is in a very different situation."

Five million Colombians might disagree.

They have signed petitions asking for a constitutional referendum that would grant Uribe the chance to run again. That could happen in 2010 or, if he sat out a term, in 2014.

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"We now have a situation where ruling parties want to stay in power, but for different reasons. In the case of Colombia and Uribe, it is law and order. For Chavez in Venezuela, it is extending his vision, getting more time to institutionalize that vision," Birns said.

More:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/12/04/colombia.p...
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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:18 PM
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1. yep, and I bet if the people say "no" he won't try it again
like someonelse we know.
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:29 AM
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2. Bacchus is back, defending fascism again
What sort of liberal, progressive, or Democrat promotes Uribe?
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