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Colombian president calls for new elections

CARACAS — Colombia plunged into political uncertainty Friday as opponents of President Alvaro Uribe accused him of acting like a ''dictator'' because he called for new elections that could allow him to extend his stay in office beyond the end of his current term in 2010.

The controversy stems from a Supreme Court decision Thursday that raises questions about the legitimacy of Uribe's 2006 re-election, which gave the Colombian leader an unprecedented second term.

Uribe responded immediately to that decision by announcing that he would end the legitimacy question by seeking Congressional approval for a referendum asking Colombians to replay the 2006 presidential elections. He won them in a landslide.

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