Tuesday, March 2, 2010


"I acknowledge and I respect the decision of the Constitutional Court," responded the Colombian president, stressing that "the rule of law is a great achievement of mankind" and citing his "love for Colombia" . On the edge of the court, 200 people gathered to dance to the rhythm of drums and trumpets, singing "the referendum has fallen, long live the Constitution."

Álvaro Uribe, a lawyer of 57 years, was elected in 2002, then re-elected in 2006 following a controversial constitutional reform first authorizing it to present a second candidate. "Yo propongo autoridad", [ "I move the authority"] it was his campaign slogan in 2002, when all the British lived at the rate of violence between the guerrilla army, as a conflict involving more than 30 000 paramilitary fighters extreme right.


Since coming to power of Mr. Uribe, a close ally of former U.S. President George W. Bush for acne in the region, the guerrillas were driven out of cities. In July 2008, his government has snatched from FARC fifteen of their most valuable hostages, including Franco-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt. That year some commentators even evoked the late FARC. But since the guerrillas returned to the field and it remains present on half of the territory.

Álvaro Uribe and his government are also facing an economic crisis that led to 12% unemployment in 2009, the proliferation of corruption scandals and accusations concerning violations of human rights. In October 2008, a week has revealed hundreds of extrajudicial executions attributed to soldiers who killed civilians before them as "war dead" to get rewards.