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Colombia OKs President Re-Election Law

Colombia’s highest court approved a law Wednesday allowing presidents to run for second terms, but President Alvaro Uribe, a staunch U.S. ally, faces another hurdle before he can seek re-election next year. In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court voted to approve legislation passed by Congress last year that lifts a nearly 200-year-old ban on presidential re-election, said court president Manuel Jose Cepeda. He told a news conference that the court voted in favor of the changes after finding that Congress had the authority to modify the constitution and that challenges to the amendment on procedural grounds were unfounded. Full Story

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