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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:39 PM

'I am the president of Colombia': Uribe

by Adriaan Alsema August 14, 2019

Former president Alvaro Uribe said Tuesday that he is “the president of Colombia and senator.”

The political patron of President Ivan Duque made the controversial claim in an interview with Blu Radio, which is run by the president’s brother in law.

Uribe’s claim adds to ongoing doubts about the effective authority of Duque, who critics have called “Uribe’s puppet” since before he became president in August last year.

During the campaign, Duque referred to his political patron as Colombia’s “eternal president.”

After taking office, Duque has mockingly been called “underpresident” by critics.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:50 PM

1. In Argentina, the very opposite thing is happening:

Amid a financial near-meltdown, the actual president all but denies he is - while the president-elect has to frequently remind him he is!

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández in today's press conference:

" (Macri) is the president until December 10th, and he should make it to December 10th - but he's the president, not merely a candidate."

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Response to sandensea (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:18 PM

2. Terrific! Hope he will mention it frequently until after the election, really rubbing it in.

Wonder if Macri's bruja or brujo (can't remember who he/she was) has already left town! He/she should have seen this coming, right?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:57 PM

3. Ah, yes. I believe Macri fired her (Shirley Barahona) two years ago.

He probably thinks she took revenge by putting a hex on him.

But as any economist worth his/her salt could tell him, it wasn't joo-joo but Bushonomics that did his presidency in.

No magic there: You try to conjure a Bush-style bubble - you'll inevitably get a Bush-style crisis.

Especially in Argentina!

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:19 PM

4. After seeing your comments, I suddenly realized why I suddenly became befuddled about the "advisor"

to Macri, and couldn't remember if the advisor was male or female! I just did a search, when a face suddenly flashed before my eyes and I remembered the Perons!

José López Rega!

Ta daaaaah!

My gosh, I never realized it's an old story, apparently! I am floored I didn't grasp this earlier!

Bushonomics. Can't have one part without the other, it appears. Hoping Macri will have the grace to get out of sight as quickly as Dubya did!

I'm still reeling about the realization that TWO heads of state have used these guys, but I do think it was pointed out earlier, it's easy to forget, the Reagans did, too.

Could be they all realize they are tempting fate to do such underhanded things, and are trying to get a hidden advantage!

On edit:

They are all right-wingers, too.

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