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Colombia high court clears way for president to seek second term

[JURIST] Colombia's Constitutional Court [official backgrounder] on Friday voted 7-2 to approve the country's new Electoral Guarantees Law, establishing clear rules to prevent incumbent presidents who run for re-election from exploiting their power for political gain. The announcement follows last month's approval of a constitutional amendment [JURIST report] that allows presidents to serve more than one four-year term. The new law will clear the way for popular President Alvaro Uribe [official website in Spanish, profile in English] to run for a second term in Colombia's May election. Reuters has more.

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