Update as of 2:45PM Thursday: The “La Silla VacÃa” website, which practices serious journalism and is unlikely to blow its credibility on a story likely to be quickly proven incorrect, is reporting that the referendum does not have the votes in the Constitutional Court and that “Uribe will not be able to run for re-election.”
Update as of 5:15PM: Rumor is that the court will announce its decision on Friday. No new information about what they might decide.
El Tiempo reports that Colombia’s Constitutional Court, in session right now, is near a decision on the legality of a referendum to allow President Ãlvaro Uribe to run for a third term. That decision could come today.
Sources in the Constitutional Court confirmed to El Tiempo that yesterday, in what was the fifth hearing about the referendum, a majority trend was revealed in favor of the position of Judge Humberto Sierra Porto, which proposes to reject the initiative.
The same sources even said that the court’s decision, which will resolve the greatest political crossroads of recent years, could come in today’s session, or next Friday’s at the latest.
If the court finds against the referendum, somebody other than Ãlvaro Uribe will be elected president on May 30 (or in a subsequent second round). Stay tuned.