.- During the 87th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Colombia, some prelates asked President Alvaro Uribe to consider not running for re-election and to take a break after two terms as the country’s leader.
Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sainz of Bogota said he holds President Uribe “in much esteem,” but added, “Two terms is a lot. He has carried out important work for the good of the country and for peace.”
“It would be better for him if after finishing his second term he left office and later on ran again,” the cardinal stated.
Bishop Nel Beltran Santamaria of Sincelejo encouraged President Uribe to be sensible in considering another run for re-election. “There is a terrible polarization and polarizations have led to great disasters for the country. We have to stop thinking about whether you are 'with me' or 'against me' because that 'with me' or 'against me' can unleash a violence that later cannot be contained,” he said.
Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal of Monteria said Uribe has the right to take a break and spend time with his family, and that he should consider whether remaining in office would benefit him or democracy in Colombia.