Colombian lawmakers delay bill to schedule referendum on presidential re-election

Colombia senate delays vote on Uribe re-election

BOGOTA — Colombia’s senate has delayed a vote on scheduling a referendum that could let President Alvaro Uribe seek a third term.

Lawmakers had been expected to vote Wednesday. But the body put off consideration of the measure until May 19 for lack of quorum.

Colombians previously underwent a similar experience that allowed Uribe’s 2006 re-election.

Uribe is a U.S.-backed conservative with high poll ratings. He’s widely popular for humbling the Western Hemisphere’s last remaining rebel army.

But his presidency has suffered from alleged Army killings of more than 1,600 civilians, a collapsed pyramid scheme, a wiretap scandal and allegations his two 20-something sons may have benefited inappropriately from a land investment.


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