Wednesday, 18 March 2009

One in Three Colombians Believe The Country is a Democracy. Urrgghh!

A government survey found that 35 percent of Colombians (about one in every three) said the country is democratic. About 10 percent were clear-cut -- they said it isn't; fifty-five percent said the country is not a strong democracy. About eight in every ten said democracy is the best system of government.

Yes, people are not stupid. Yesterday the Prosecutor General, a radical Catholic man called Alejandro Ordoñez, scrapped a process against two government officials for their alleged involvement in bribing lawmakers. Ordoñez will not proceed with the disciplinary investigations against Social Welfare Minister Diego Palacio and current ambassador to Rome Sabas Pretelt de la Vega (a former Interior Minister) -- both were suspected of having bribed former congresswoman Yidis Medina to vote for an amendment to pass the re-election of Uribe. Ordoñez's decision will further taint the image of judicial institutions in Colombia.

Click on the link to read the results of the poll, in a Caracol Radio story (the story is weak and badly written, let me say to you.)

According to the DANE, the government statistics agency, more than 15,000 people were interviewed in 24 cities. President Alvaro Uribe wasn't available for comment, when sought by this blog, said one top press aide. He said we could get comments from Jose Obdulio Gaviria, Uribe's Rasputin, on the poll. We declined -- we don't like being brainwashed.

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