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Weekly Report - 06 August 2020 (WR-20-31)

COLOMBIA: Uribe arrest divides nation

This week marks a decade since former president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010) left office, and yet ‘uribismo’ remains a potent political force in Colombia, propelling current president Iván Duque to power in 2018, and shaping the debate on security and peace that lies at the heart of many of the country’s problems. As such, the news on 4 August that the supreme court (CSJ) had sentenced Uribe to house arrest – the first time in Colombian history that a current or former president has been detained in any capacity – sent a shockwave through the entire country, prompting fiercely polarised reactions from allies and adversaries alike.

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