Tuesday, September 15th 2009 - 08:31 UTC

Mujica repentant for condemning Uruguay to endure military dictatorship

The incumbent candidate promises “no surprises or adventures with the economy”

Uruguay’s incumbent presidential candidate and former Tupamaros guerrilla leader Jose “Pepe” Mujica sent shockwaves both inside the ruling coalition and the opposition as a result of a long controversial Sunday interview with the Buenos Aires daily La Nación.

Monday, September 14th 2009 - 09:16 UTC

Botnia dispute in The Hague: first round of hearings begins

The Botnia plant is already producing a million tons of pulp annually

Argentina begins Monday a round of public hearings before the International Court of The Hague and will be arguing against Uruguay’s alleged unilateral decision to allow the construction of a pulp mill on a jointly managed river and which has been at the heart of a long standing litigation between the neighbouring countries.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 10:49 UTC

US federal budget deficit at an all time record

This year’s red ink is three times that of last year

The US federal deficit has reached 1.38 trillion US dollars with one month left for the current fiscal year, according to Treasury Department statistics released on Friday. In August the deficit was 111.4 billion US dollars.

Thursday, September 10th 2009 - 11:50 UTC

US hopes for “truly exceptional” relations with new Uruguayan government

Everett Eissenstat said the TIFA experience with Uruguay has been a complete success

United States has a “truly exceptional” relation with Uruguay and expects whoever wins the coming election, to keep that “very solid” link said Everett Eissenstat, US Assistant Trade Representative for the Americas during a meeting with a delegation of visiting Uruguayan journalists.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 11:09 UTC

Uruguayan presidential candidates criticize Iran’s policy towards Israel

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, a close ally of Teheran, was the target of three of the four candidates

The four Uruguayan presidential candidates coincided in criticizing Iran’s position regarding the state of Israel and favoured including in the schools programs teaching the Shoa or Holocaust.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 11:04 UTC

Uruguay’s junior opposition party does not discard coalition with Mujica

Pedro Bordaberry, Colorado Party presidential candidate

Uruguay’s opposition junior party presidential candidate did not discard a coalition or unity government with either of the two forces that have the best chances of winning next October’s elections.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 10:54 UTC

Uribe ratifies re-election referendum bill and further stirs controversy

Uribe apparently won’t announce if he is running until after the referendum

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday signed a bill which opens the way for his second consecutive re-election and immediately addressed it to the Constitutional Court for its review.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 02:56 UTC

S&P confirms Uruguay’s positive outlook; anticipates “smooth transition”

Sebastian Briozzo also warns government debt remains high

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said this week it expects a “smooth transition” regardless of who wins October's presidential election in Uruguay given the country’s track record of prudent economics policies. S&P also confirmed BB- sovereign credit ratings for Uruguay with the outlook “remaining stable”.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 02:51 UTC

Re-enactment of Darwin’s expedition arrives in Montevideo late October

Steel hulled Stad Amsterdam will be playing the part of HMS Beagle

A re-enactment of Charles Darwin global scientific expedition in the eighteen hundreds was launched on September first from Plymouth, England and should be calling in Montevideo, Uruguay at the end of October.

Wednesday, September 9th 2009 - 00:29 UTC

Uruguayan ruling coalition ahead by one point, say latest opinion polls

Presidential hopeful Mujica seems to be slowly recovering lost ground

The Uruguayan ruling coalition has a vote intention of 45%, one point ahead of the opposition for the coming October 25th presidential election, according to the latest public opinion poll released Monday evening.


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