The Economist | 5/15/2009 12:00:00 AM
Uribe edges towards autocracy
A popular president seems to be heading towards a third term, despite the damage this would do to democracy - The Economist -
Many Colombians credit Mr Uribe with transforming their homeland from a near-failed state to a buoyant, if still violent, place. Their gratitude won him a second term in 2006, after the constitution was changed to allow a second consecutive term. After seven years in office, he still enjoys an approval rating of 71%, according to Invamer-Gallup, a pollster. In a poll this month, 59% said they would turn out for a referendum; of those, 84% said they would back Mr Uribe’s right to run again.
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