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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Colombia; Sco Paulo

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: COLOMBIA; SCO PAULO


Uribe Mimics Chavez

Article in liberal Folha de S. Paulo(6/6) says: "[Venezuelan
President Hugo] Chavez had his project to perpetuate himself in
power stopped at the ballot.... Now [Colombian President Alvaro]
Uribe flirts with that idea.... He does not dismiss the possibility
of altering the Constitution in order to allow him to run for a
third term. One should acknowledge that ...his security policies are
a success.... It is for no other reason Uribe is the most popular
president in the Americas with an 84% approval rate. On the
political front, however, his administration is vulnerable.... To
make matters worse, the president is now accused of buying votes to
approve the constitutional amendment which authorized his second
term.... He said once that only a 'hecatomb' could make him seek
reelection. The fear now is that he will arrange for one. "
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