Thursday, July 10, 2008

Uribe and a third term yet again

The latest poll shows that 77% of Colombians support allowing Alvaro Uribe to run for a third term. This is up 11 points since April. When placed against possible contenders—including Ingrid Betancourt--he cleans up.

Both Matthew Shugart and Steven Taylor have expressed skepticism, arguing that he wouldn’t get the necessary support in the legislature. I won’t be convinced until Uribe comes out and says that he is officially not going to try. There are certainly ambitious Colombian politicians, but would they want to stand up to such a high riding president?


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