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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 06:31 PM

Former Colombia minister admits to bribing congress to allow Uribes 2006 election

‘Former Colombia minister admits to bribing congress to allow Uribe’s 2006 election’
written by Jamie Vaughan Johnson April 4, 2017

Colombia’s imprisoned former health minister has admitted to bribing members of congress to allow the 2006 reelection of former President Alvaro Uribe, local media reported Tuesday.

While applying to be included in a transitional justice system, Former Minister Diego Palacio reportedly admitted to the bribery of former House Representative Yidis Medina, who has also been sentenced for accepting the bribe and subsequently changing her mind on the vote.

The House of Representatives voted in June 2004 over a constitutional amendment that allowed Uribe to run for a second consecutive turn, something the constitution never allowed and was later reversed by current President Juan Manuel Santos.

The purpose of the bribe was to allow the 2006 reelection bid of Uribe who won the election in a landslide.

Paramilitary commanders later admitted to intimidating voters during the 2002 and 2006 elections, both were which were won by Uribe.


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