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Former Colombian Foreign Minister And FARC Hostage Aspires To Be A ‎Presidential Candidate

By Dialogo
January 05, 2009

Fernando Araujo, a former Colombian foreign minister and former hostage of the FARC ‎who fled captivity just two years ago, revealed in an interview published today that he ‎aspires to be a presidential candidate for the Conservative Party in the forthcoming ‎elections. ‎ Araujo, who’s escape on January 5, 2007 allowed him to regain freedom after spending ‎nearly six years in captivity by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of ‎Colombia (FARC), also said in statements to the newspaper El Tiempo that it is not ‎suitable for his country to amend the Constitution again for a new election of President ‎Álvaro Uribe. ‎ The former minister said the Conservative Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, ‎should begin to build a process for finding their own presidential candidate. " ‎ ‎"I also aspire to be (among conservative candidates) to let all our views on how this ‎process should be, what time, under what rules," he said. ‎ Araujo added that if Uribe was to run for re-election a second time, he would vote for ‎him, but said that by changing the constitution to allow a new election is "not good" for ‎the country. ‎ ‎"If tomorrow he were to be the candidate, I will vote for him," he said. ‎ Araujo escaped a rebel camp near the end of 2006 and two months later he was appointed ‎foreign minister for the purpose of showing the world the plight of the hostages in ‎Colombia. ‎ However, he resigned last July amid a diplomatic crisis with the bombing of a FARC ‎camp in Ecuadorian territory, which killed the international spokesperson of the rebels, ‎Luis Edgar Devia, alias "Raúl Reyes" and another twenty people. ‎ Uribe has yet to confirm if he will run again, but his bloc in Congress is advancing the ‎debate to call a referendum which would allow for a reform of the new constitution and ‎allow a new election in 2010.‎
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