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Re-elected President in Colombia May 29, 2006

Posted by dtenjo in Latin America, News and politics.
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"Uribe Presidente… again. I must say I feel somewhat of a relief to see Mr. Uribe up in presidency for another four-year term. As i satated on this blog last week, he was my preferred candidate, and I still think the results from yesterday's elections in Colombia are very positive, and encouraging. I do feel that the near and long-term future of Colombia is better under Uribe's government.

As I also stated on my previous Blog, all the power given to Uribe does produce a bit of concern. One wonders how he will react to so much power that is on his hands at the moment. 62% of the overall votes elected him; plus a vast majority in the Colombian congress in his favour provide Uribe with the ability to act pretty much in any way that he wants. This represents a big challenge for the re-elected president, as he has to be very careful not to become authoritarian. Uribe should to maintain the same line of government that he has kept for the last four years, which has increased overall security in Colombia by strengthening the armed forces, has seen a steady economic growth, and has shown great diplomacy in Colombian relations with other countries; all this while respecting democracy. We have seen previous examples of other re-elected presidents in Latin-America which have not been positive at all in their second term, and have lead to crisis in their countries. Let's hope that this will not be the case for president Uribe, and that he can remain governing Colombia with the great democratic leadership that he has maintained for the last four years.

Another one of my concerns is the fact that I've heard some rumors that within Uribe's followers in congress there is the idea to create another motion thet will further modify the Colombian constitution to allow the president to be re-elected for up to three periods. This is very much alarming, as I think it was bad enough to modify the constitution once, and now thet Mr. Uribe is re-elected, they want to make yet another change in the constitution to be able to re-elect Uribe again. The constitution of a democratic country should not be treated like a toy that can be modified as you please. It should be the most sacred of political documents, which should remain unchanged, as it allows us to maintain a democratic harmony within our country. Uribe's program of government should be planned for the next four years, and that should be it. No more extensions to his government, no matter how good, or bad it will be, Uribe should govern for the next four years, the way the people of Colombia have demanded, and the the Constitution commands, not a single day beynd that.
Good luck to Mr. Uribe in the next four years. This time he faces more and greater challenges, all the pressure is on him. I believe he will be able to deliver a good government, and keep straightening the direction to which Colombia is going.

D.

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