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Colombian President Uribe Gains in Election


Early returns in Colombia's legislative elections indicate majority support of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

With at least 34 percent of the vote counted supporters of President Uribe's tough stance on rebel forces seem likely to win a majority of the 102 senate seats that were being contested.

Sunday's election, which also selected 166 members of the lower house, was widely viewed as a test of Mr. Uribe's popularity. He is up for re-election in May.

The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, had stepped up attacks in advance of the election, killing dozens of civilians in the past few weeks. But the elections, themselves, were peaceful amid heavy security.

Rightwing paramilitaries, who have made peace overtures to the Colombian government, have been campaigning for congressional allies.

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