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Colombian Lawmakers Banned from Re-election Campaign

The Colombian government has praised two political parties for banning several lawmakers from running for re-election, after the president warned of a possible bribery scandal.

A representative for President Alvaro Uribe said Wednesday that the government has vowed to reject attempts by those candidates to run for office on other slates.

The U and Radical Change parties banned five lawmakers Tuesday from running for re-election in March. The parties did not directly accuse the lawmakers of ties to paramilitary groups.

But the move came just days after President Uribe called for an investigation of charges the paramilitaries are funding political candidates in exchange for influence with the government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.