Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Tuesday reiterated that in his opinion
his re-election in “inconvenient,” but stressed the importance of the
continuation of his ‘Democratic Security’ policy.
“I have repeated before my compatriots that I do not consider it to be convenient to perpetuate myself as the President of the Republic. But with all emphasis I defend the aspirations of many compatriots to extend the time of the Democratic Security policy, the policy of investor confidence,” Uribe said.
“I am not going to detract any of those compatriots who aspire the presidency. But I do believe that just as there is the right to propose alternatives, there is the right to propose the alternative of prolonging these policies,” the President added.
Without referring directly to the preliminary investigations of the Supreme Court against Congressmen who allegedly voted illegally for the re-election referendum, Uribe said he was “concerned that justice politicized and politics judicialized.”
The referendum needed to re-elect Uribe for the second time is currently pending in Congress. Although supporters of Uribe say they have the necessary amount of votes to pull the referendum through Congress, many Congressmen and analysts believe the referendum will not make it in time. The President so far has refused to publicly say whether he aspires a third term.