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| 3/2/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombia gets ready for life after Uribe

March 2--The country's Constitutional Court rejected holding the national referendum that would have allowed Uribe a third run for the presidency(...) There are many viable candidates but no clear front-runner for the presidential election scheduled to be held May 30.

Colombia gets ready for life after Uribe Colombia gets ready for life after Uribe
Alvaro Uribe of Colombia has been Washington's most fervent ally in a region where leftist leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chávez have been flexing their muscles and speaking their minds out loud. First elected in 2002, Uribe spent an ironfisted four-year term re-establishing order in a country devastated by leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and drug gangs, winning the respect of much of the populace — enough so that the constitution was amended to allow him a second term. But he wanted a third term and, with approval ratings at about 70% throughout 2009, seemed on the verge of winning it when Colombia's Congress called for a national referendum on the issue. For a year, the country's politics was in a state of limbo as the legislature, the courts, the press and the public debated whether to allow Uribe to run again. Late on Friday, the answer came down as a resounding no.
 
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