Sunday, February 28, 2010

Feb 28/10 | Alvaro Uribe stopped on his tracks: A win-win solution in Colombia

Question: And what happened with the Court?
Uribe: It told me to f*** off 

Both Colombia and Alvaro Uribe "won" as a result of the well reasoned Constitutional Court decision. I have been quite critical of  Mr. Uribe's push to run a third time. One of the rules of democracy is the need for an orderly - and timely - succession of elected leadership. If a president has done a good job there is no reason to believe his legacy will be trampled on by the electorate and his successors. What did Mr. Uribe fear? His obstinacy was the real risk for a country that has always relied on strong legal and institutional framework to combat all sorts of challenges. PMB