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Uruguay’s Mujica supports Argentina in the YPF dispute, but opposition blasts the president

Wednesday, April 18th 2012 - 22:22 UTC
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Uruguayan president Jose Mujica expressed solidarity with the Argentine government decision to nationalize the oil company YPF belonging to Spain’s Repsol and said he does not like the “arrogance of rich Europe”. His position however was strongly criticized by the opposition. Read full article


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  • KFC de Pollo

    mujica mujica mujica you really don't need to support the crazy one. The people who are buying properties in Uruguay are trying to get their money out because of her..... oh wait..... i understand now. Let her continue down this crazy route and uruguay will get all the money instead of argentina!

    Mujica is a genius!

    Apr 18th, 2012 - 11:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Mujica comes across here as a sharp thinker and a very principled man. The opposition, well I suppose they have to oppose, but their arguments are pathetic

    Apr 18th, 2012 - 11:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KFC de Pollo

    @2 i agree its so obvious. get argentina to scare everyone away and who's left? thats right! Chile, Brazil and Uruguay!

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 02:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    In Uruguay, it's not only the opposition that's criticising Mujica for his unwise statements. It's the man in the street too. As they say in Spanish, Mujica missed out on a magnificent opportunity to shut up.
    I've just arrived back from an asado with friends - 1 Brit, 1 Yank, 5 Uruguayans. A toast was drunk with Tannat wine and Glenfiddich 12 - to the long life of the Falklands.

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 05:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    l'll drink to that.!

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 08:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    It's always hard to now what message a politician is sending (read my lips?) but Mujica is obviously saying one thing in public (to keep KFC happy) and doing another thing in private (e.g. letting foreign companies operate freely in his own country and welcoming inward private Argy investment).

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 08:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    “Pepe” is nearly 77 years old now and he wasn't the brightest spark in the fire in the first place. He is, of course, a pragmatist. As are most urban guerillas. Just how many Latin American “governments” are now presided over by (former) terrorists? He's very close to CFK. Perhaps she gives him a blow-job when he pops over. As he does regularly. It appears he's very fond of old bangers!

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 11:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Colonel

    Mujica is a puppet for the black Argentine widow, he doesn't even know what is going to happen when Argentine get caught in the intentional crises, since only the World Bank is dealing with this regime, the last i heard Washington is getting tired of the widow. Isolation

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    That's what opposition is for, to oppose something.

    Apr 19th, 2012 - 02:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I live in Uruguay and have been impressed with Pepe, but he is wrong headed on this.

    Yes, any sovereign country can nationalize whatever it likes but theft is not acceptable: and it is pure theft that Argentina are up to.

    There is already strong sentiment against Pepe, but as I cannot see him standing for President again it will all go away as far as he is concerned.

    Statements like this though are not helpful for inward investment in Uruguay. I just do not understand his fettish with the rubber doll however.

    Apr 25th, 2012 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #10 What is it you find likeable in Pepe, a former guerilla man of the left, given the impeccable Thatcherite views you display on every other thread? I'm genuinely interested

    Apr 25th, 2012 - 10:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    11 Scottie_Kirchnerist

    Pepe has demostrated his ability to transfer from a guerilla into a pragmatic politician of a President.

    His cabinet started by working together but with the realisation of the limited health Pepe enjoys has begun to split into two parts especially on finance.

    Until then he had e real grasp of what was important to the economy and how to achieve it. Inflation for one, the rule of law for another, especially his realisation of the needs of business and how to promote it.

    His only failing is to be too close to the Mad Bitch. Her cabinet is the opposite of his: sycophantic and utterley incompetent, with the results for Argentina we can see for ourselves.

    Apr 26th, 2012 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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