Colombian Uribe boosts tough-guy image over Chavez

· Violence

By Hugh Bronstein

BOGOTA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – When President Alvaro Uribe abruptly fired Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez this week as mediator in hostage talks with rebels it confirmed Uribe as the kind of tough decision maker most Colombians say the country needs.

A quick-to-anger micro-manager who takes charge of everything from army offensives to road building, the conservative Uribe took office in 2002 pledging to push leftist guerrilla rebels out of the cities and off the highways. >>Read more

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