South America continues moving sharply…

South America continues moving sharply to the left

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is facing a major setback to his plans to overhaul the political system and push through austerity measures. Mr Uribe called a referendum on Saturday to seek public backing for 15 reforms but it seems most did not get enough support to be validated.

The president has also suffered a reverse in Sunday’s elections for the mayor of Bogota, with the government-backed candidate losing to a left-winger.