It wasn’t an issue during the electoral campaign trail and hardly mentioned in political rallies but Mercosur is high in the agenda of whoever wins next Sunday’s presidential election in Uruguay.
A much awaited brief but significant embrace between the two main leaders of Uruguay’s ruling coalition took place Monday in the port of Montevideo, an event which should help the incumbent candidate in the run up to Sunday’s presidential election.
Uruguay’s Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a law that exempted military and police personnel involved in human rights abuses during the country’s military dictatorship which extended from June 1973 to March 1985.
In the run up to next Sunday’s general election, Uruguayan presidential candidates were involved in a flurry of political rallies in the capital Montevideo, turning the city into a stage of colourful marches and flag waving to the tune of the candidates’ jingles and musical backup.
Uruguay has no plans to abandon or become an associate member of Mercosur, but rather continue along the line established by President Tabare Vazquez which is doubling efforts “for a better Mercosur” said Foreign Affairs minister Pedro Vaz during a meeting with foreign correspondents in Montevideo.
A graphology profile of Uruguay’s presidential candidates for the coming October 25th election has surfaced such adjectives as “impulsive” and “egocentric”. The report was published in Montevideo’s main daily El Pais following on the “readings” of the signatures of three of the hopefuls.
Uruguay inaugurated this week the new Montevideo’s port facilities which will expand handling to over 1.1 million containers annually making it the most advanced terminal of South America.
Eleven United Nations peacekeepers, six of them Uruguayans were killed Friday when their surveillance plane crashed into a mountainside in Haiti during a routine patrol, United Nations officials said.
With just two weeks left for polling day, Uruguay’s electorate is under saturation bombardment from the different political parties’ spots and public opinion polls on vote intention. Next October 25th Uruguayan voters elect president, parliament and will have to decide on two referendums that are proving controversial.
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate David D. Nelson to the post of United States Ambassador to Uruguay. His nomination has to be approved by Congress.