Outgoing Colombian president delivers last speech at parliament

14:14, July 21, 2010      

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Colombia's outgoing President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday delivered his last speech to parliament at the inauguration of the new National Congress.

In his speech, Uribe gave a brief account of the history of Colombia, which celebrates the bicentennial of independence from Spain.

"We know that Colombia has not lost its character and the fight for freedom, otherwise we would lose our dignity," he said.

The new Congress is made up of 102 senators and 166 representatives from the Chamber of Deputies -- most of them from the ruling party, with only 12 from the opposition.

Uribe's presidency will be taken over on Aug. 7 by Juan Manuel Santos, who is also from the Social Party of National Unity.

Telesforo Pedraza, a member of the chamber from the Conservative Party, told Xinhua the new Congress will have a new atmosphere and will give backing to proposals put forward by the president-elect.

Source: Xinhua


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