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Colombia's Uribe seeks vote on new elections

Colombia's Uribe seeks vote on new elections
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In a tug of war with the legal system, Colombia’s president wants the people to decide whether new elections should be held. Alvaro Uribe was re-elected two years ago. But, amid a bribery scandal, a court decision has called the legality of his victory into question, raising the possibility it could be overturned.

On national television, Uribe said he would convene Congress so that it can draw up possible legislation for a referendum on repeating the 2006 vote.

Uribe won by a landslide, then. But the Supreme Court has found that a former member of Congress was bribed to support a constitutional amendment allowing him to seek an unprecedented second consecutive term.

If there is a new poll, Uribe has every chance of winning. He is highly popular for cutting crime, sparking economic growth and cracking down on leftist insurgents.