Uribe out, Santos in

Get used to this face.

La Silla Vacia is reporting that Colombia’s Constitutional Court will say no to a referendum on whether A?lvaro Uribe may seek a third term in office. There were rumblings of this a few weeks ago, when a judge reportedly submitted a draft opinion recommending the referendum be struck down.

La Silla Vacia says it has five sources from different offices confirming the verdict. Reportedly, the ruling will concentrate on two things:

  1. A violation of campaign finance laws that put a cap on fund raising
  2. A change in the referendum question between the bills passed in the lower chamber and the Senate that cleared the way for the plebiscite.

According to recent polls, Uribe would win a third term were he allowed to run. With that now looking unlikely, however, former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos is waiting in the wings. Running second place behind Uribe in the aforementioned recent poll with 18% of the vote, Santos is just waiting for the nod from the president.

He’s not waiting very quietly, though. La Silla Vacia says his campaign is going “full steam.” He’s got a snappy Web site and has hired Weber Shandwick and James Carville to run his campaign. Apparently he’ll need the help, due to his “lack of charisma.” Indeed.

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