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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
 

Uribe goes for scrapping the eunuch clause?


Currently, the Colombian constitution allows any individual just a single term as president. But, it seems, the incumbent, assiduous Bush client Álvaro Uribe, is close to scrapping that little rule - with a view to running for a second term himself.

Very far from blowing my skirt up as yet (Christmastide lethargy may have something to do with it!); I'm rather surprised Slate found room for the story. But, on the other hand, it's developing...

(The latest is that Uribe has signed the law containing the constitutional amendment: it now awaits the imprimatur of the Corte Constitucional, which is expected to be forthcoming.)


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The eunuch clauses that applied in some Southern states were, I believe, rather different: they only barred consecutive terms. There are eunuch clause stories I seem to recall telling before concerning Lurleen Wallace and Earl Long, for two.


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