The New York Times | 8/26/2009 12:00:00 AM
Term Limits Are Debated in Colombia
Aug 26--Legislators debated sharply on Tuesday about a referendum that would change the Constitution to allow President Álvaro Uribe to run for a third term.
Voters in Venezuela and Bolivia have approved the lifting of term limits to extend incumbents’ stays in office.
Efforts by President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras to remove term limits were the cause of a military coup in the Central American nation in June.
In Colombia in 2006, Mr. Uribe, a conservative, became the first president to be consecutively re-elected in more than a century after his political supporters gained approval of a constitutional amendment that removed an existing one-term limit for the presidency and created a two-term limit.
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