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Jan 292009

Medellín’s El Colombiano newspaper appears to have the scoop:

El Colombiano is able to confirm that the Commander in Chief has already made the decision to step aside so that new leaders may take power, and he left in the Uribista coalition’s hands the responsibility to elect a unity candidate who brings together the policies of democratic security, investor confidence and social cohesion, this government’s pillars.

The article says nothing about whether Álvaro Uribe might try to run for a non-consecutive reelection in 2014.

5 Responses to “Álvaro Uribe will not seek reelection in 2010, it appears”

  1. j. Says:

    The piece in El Colombiano doesn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before. Uribe avoids the question of whether or not he will run claiming that he will not do it as long as the coalition finds a “unity candidate”, but he knows -we all do- that’s practically impossible: Uribe is the only thing all those “uribistas” share in common. After a while he will say that since they weren’t able to find The One he will be forced -poor man- to run once again.

  2. sergio garcia Says:

    No veo nada nuevo en esta noticia del Colombiano. La frase clave del articulo es:

    “… y dejó en manos de la coalición uribista la responsabilidad de elegir un candidato de unidad que recoja las políticas de seguridad democrática, confianza inversionista y cohesión social, pilares de este Gobierno.”

    Es decir, sigue en el aire la amenaza de re-eleccion si los uribistas no logran ponerse de acuerdo en un candidato unico. Un candidato unico del Uribismo diferente a Uribe es casi un imposible hoy en dia…

  3. Jaime Bustos Says:

    It’s pathetic the level colombian politics have stooped down to. Mr. Uribe has everybody talking about him willing to run or not run for president for the third time, all because, as the media heralds befuddled, there’s never been anybody like him. I agree: never in my life had seen such a criminal in power.

  4. anonymous Says:

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  5. Santiago García Says:

    Well if Uribe plans to have a sudden change of mind somewhere down the road, he’d better hurry up:

    Los obstáculos son muchos y difíciles. El primero tiene que ver con el cronograma. Al referendo le faltan varios pasos para ser aprobado: dos duros debates en la Comisión Primera y en la plenaria del Senado, y como ese trámite comienza alrededor del 16 de marzo, el proyecto necesitará por lo menos dos meses más para convertirse en ley. Luego, el procurador general -ya estará en el cargo Alejandro Ordóñez- tendrá 90 días para emitir su concepto, y la Corte Constitucional entre tres y seis meses más para estudiar si esa ley se ajusta o no a la Carta Política.

    Si la Corte lo declara exequible, el referendo podría ser convocado para diciembre de 2009 o principios de 2010, a pocas semanas de la elección presidencial. Pero el problema es que mantener la incertidumbre sobre las reglas de juego de la competencia hasta las vísperas de las elecciones, causará traumatismo y aumentará el desgaste de la figura.

    Pero, además, superar el tortuoso camino de las formalidades no garantiza que Uribe podrá ser candidato en 2010. Por las divisiones en sus filas, y por el famoso error en la redacción de la pregunta con la que recogieron las firmas, el Gobierno solo pudo aprobar el texto inicial: el que afirma que para ser elegido para un tercer periodo, Uribe debe haber ejercido dos. Y en la actualidad eso significa que Uribe sólo puede ser candidato en 2014.

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