Friday, July 18, 2008

Colombian government cancels referendum

The Colombian government canceled the referendum about a possible rerun of the 2006 presidential elections, now the crisis between the country’s Supreme Court and the Government seems to be solved. Bogotá and Colombia’s highest court clashed after the Supreme Court wanted the legality of the elections investigated. According to the court, the elections may have been illegal, because it took the bribery of at least one congressman to make it possible for Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to run for office again. Uribe furiously denied the bribery and immediately called for the popular vote to legalize the elections, causing a constitutional crisis between the two powers of State. After the refusal of the Constitutional Court to investigate the elections and the interference of the church, the court and government started re-establishing ties and promised to solve whatever issues through dialogue. Colombia’s Interior Minister Fabio Valencia Cossio told reporters the referendum has become unnecessary because of the Institutional Court’s refusal to investigate.

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