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AP: Colombia's Uribe suggests he won't run again

 Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Bogota, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (AP Photo/William Fernan...
 Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Bogota, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (AP Photo/William Fernan...

Colombia Uribe

Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Bogota, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (AP Photo/William Fernan...

Colombia Uribe

Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Bogota, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (AP Photo/William Fernan...

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said Wednesday that he won't stand in the way of a close ally in next year's election, despite efforts by his backers to amend the constitution to let him seek a third term.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Uribe refused to rule out another run for the presidency, but suggested he'll give someone else a chance to continue his legacy.
"There are some close allies who are making and are going to make a big push to win the people's favor and get to the presidency," Uribe said. "I wouldn't be the person to frustrate those efforts."
In a 40-minute interview in the "Yellow Room" of his presidential palace, Uribe said he isn't concerned about remaining in power personally, but that he wants to ensure that any successor would continue his military crackdown on leftist rebels, which has brought down kidnapping and murder rates and made Colombia attractive to foreign investment.
Uribe's allies changed the constitution to enable his re-election in 2006, and a third term would require yet another change. While the United States has criticized Uribe's leftist rivals in Latin America for constitutional amendments removing limits on their re-election, it has so far remained silent on a possible third term for its ally Uribe.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:12 GMT+08:00