October 20, 2005

ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS:

Court clears most hurdles for a second term for Colombian president: In a triumph for pro-US president Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's top court ruled Wednesday that he will most likely be able to seek reelection next year. (Rachel Van Dongen, 10/21/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

After months of intense speculation, President Alvaro Uribe won a giant victory late Wednesday when the country's top court ruled that he will most likely be able to seek reelection in 2006. [...]

"From the political point of view, this is a forceful Uribe victory and creates a favorable political climate for the reelection of the president," says Fernando Giraldo, dean of international relations at Bogotá's Sergio Arboleda University.

Indeed, the ruling is also a big triumph for Washington. As major countries in the region such as Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela move to the left politically, Uribe has become closely aligned with President Bush in efforts to combat drugs and terrorism.

"For the Bush administration, it means that they're extremely likely to have their best friend in power for the next four-and-a-half years in a region where they're short on friends right now," says Adam Isacson of the Center for International Policy in Washington. [...]

The president's favorability ratings stand at near 80 percent, and various polls that showed overwhelming support for the idea of reelection revealed that between 53 and 56 percent of Colombians would vote to reelect Uribe in May 2006, putting the opposition at a severe disadvantage.

Uribe needs more than 50 percent to win in the first round of voting or the election would go to a second ballot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2005 9:08 PM
Comments

I know dozens of Colombians (including my wife) from all walks of life, education levels, etc. and haven't met one that doesn't think Uribe has been the savior of the country.

Posted by: Foos at October 21, 2005 10:38 AM

Look for Venezuela (which I think also has a 1-term limit for President) to do something similar soon. Chavez will never leave power while he's breathing.

If a country depends on one man to be its "savior", it's already dead.

Posted by: b at October 21, 2005 11:40 AM

b:

Worked here.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 12:36 PM

Who was our savior? I assume you mean Washington, but he was crucial in forming America, which isn't the same thing as "saving" an existing nation...

Posted by: b at October 21, 2005 2:36 PM

b:

No Washington, no Republic.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 3:51 PM
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