Posts Tagged ‘reelection’

There is life after Uribe

March 2, 2010

After a long time of uncertainty Colombia’s Constitutional Court finally pronounced itself on the referendum which should make Álvaro Uribe’s second reelection possible. It was banned. Many things were wrong and inconstitutional, but I don’t want to elaborate on that here. I would like to express my view on Colombia’s future. (more…)


Juan Manuel Santos will run for presidency

February 4, 2010

I bet Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe will not run for a third term and thus clears the road to ex Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos. Uribe is praising his former minister; Juan Manuel Santos distanced himself from the very impopular measures the government took to make health care more efficient, and last but not least the referendum which would have to be held to make Uribe’s reelection possible, is confronting more and more complications to be approved by the Constitutional Court.

Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos


Mexico: a different reelection proposal

December 18, 2009

Interesting, Mexico’s president Felipe Calderón’s proposal for reelection. When I first heard about it from my Dutch colleague in Mexico, Jan-Albert Hootsen, I thought the Mexican president would join his colleagues Chávez, Uribe, Morales and Correa, who all changed constitution for their own reelection, but Calderón’s case is different and that is refreshing. (more…)

Chávez and Uribe, much alike

November 9, 2009

Winds of war, as they say in Spanish, between Venezuela and Colombia and we don’t know where this is going to end. Never has the situation been so delicate. One spark of fire accross the border and it’s bingo. To me as an outsider from Holland the thing keeps being unreal, this fight between two Latin caudillos who are both so attached to power. (more…)

Colombia es pasión (3), for big trouble

October 27, 2009

Tons of cocaine have been seizedBad news for Colombia and bad news for president Uribe, who is still in crossroads of soul if he is going to try to be reelected or not. The amount of coca and cocaine produced in Colombia hardly has been reduced, writes the National Council for Planning. The Council warns against a ‘gangsterisation’ of the country. (more…)

Brazil’s president Lula cries

October 3, 2009

Lula huilt OlySp 1009 (more…)

Fujimori and Uribe

October 1, 2009

Striking the parallel between Peru’s former president Alberto Fujimori and Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe. Fujimori – also fond of reelection – was condemned to six years of prison because of illegal wiretapping and buying votes. Those two subjects have been the main topics of political scandals in Colombia lately. Mr. Uribe hasn’t been related directly with illegal wiretapping or buying conscience of congressmembers yet. But it is improbable that he didn’t know anything about it. It was for his reelection(s?) that votes were bought and the great majority of the wiretapped are far from his friends.

Chávez is sexier than Uribe

September 9, 2009

While Colombia’s government is flipflopping to make president Uribe’s second reelection possible, Venezuela’s president Chávez is parading like a moviestar in Venice. Director Oliver Stone is fond of Chávez  and calls him a visionary. Chávez, glad that somebody supports him while his country is a mess, calls Stone a genious. (more…)

Liberation of FARC hostages instead of reelection or Piedad 14

August 31, 2009

Incredible, these men have been hostages of the FARC in Colombia for years, who try to comfort their families in their survival proofs which were given to senator Piedad Córdoba in Bogotá. Some of them also express their anger because nothing is being done to get them free. All the important persons have been liberated: all the politicians and especially Íngrid Betancourt and the three Americans, for whom was organized the spectacular Operation Jaque. Everybody who was with them, was lucky, I guess. (more…)

Uribe’s moment of truth is approaching

August 12, 2009

Will Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe run for presidency again or will he not? The moment of truth is approaching and mr. Uribe’s apparent desinterest seems to be changing into nervousness. (more…)