| 2010/02/26 00:00

Colombian judges deny Alvaro Uribe third term poll

Feb 26--The Colombian constitutional court has rejected a referendum which could have led to President Alvaro Uribe running for a third term in office.

Colombian judges deny Alvaro Uribe third term poll

The court voted 7-2 against a proposal backed by parliament to hold a vote on amending the constitution to allow for three terms.

Mr Uribe won an amendment in 2005 that let him run for a second term in 2006.

The president remains popular in Colombia, but the constitution bars him from being a candidate again.

He had not said publicly that he hoped to stand in the 30 May election but analysts expected that he would.
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