Wednesday, October 21st 2009 - 07:42 UTC

Mercosur review, top of the agenda for Uruguay’s next president

Mercosur building in Montevideo: A too ambitious project that has fallen short of its objectives

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.

Tuesday, October 20th 2009 - 16:49 UTC

A much awaited picture to seal unity in Uruguay’s ruling coalition

President Vazquez and hopeful Jose Mujica

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.

Tuesday, October 20th 2009 - 11:32 UTC

Uruguayan Court throws out special amnesty for crimes under dictatorship

Prosecutor Mirtha Guianze who presented the lead case

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.

Monday, October 19th 2009 - 13:09 UTC

Uruguayan presidential hopefuls in their last sprint

A massive and colourful street rally in support of incumbent Mujica

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.

Friday, October 16th 2009 - 04:06 UTC

Uruguay committed to regional integration and a “better Mercosur”

Minister Pedro Vaz outlined Uruguay’s foreign policies no matter who’s the next president

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.

Thursday, October 15th 2009 - 07:56 UTC

Uruguayan presidential hopefuls are “vain”, “impulsive” and “egocentric”

Mujica and Lacalle, one of the two will be Uruguay’s next president

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.

Wednesday, October 14th 2009 - 10:19 UTC

Montevideo port becomes most advanced container terminal in South America

Pte. Tabare Vazquez with Belgian ambassador Cristina Funes-Noppen during the ceremony.

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.

Saturday, October 10th 2009 - 16:52 UTC

UN plane crashes in Haiti killing Uruguayan and Jordanian peacekeepers

he cause of the crash remains unknown

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.

Friday, October 9th 2009 - 21:19 UTC

With two weeks to the Uruguayan election, only the undecided keep growing

Voters queuing to vote in Uruguay

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.

Friday, October 9th 2009 - 05:33 UTC

Career diplomat nominated as US ambassador in Montevideo

David D. Nelson is currently Acting Assistant Secretary

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.


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