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Uruguay Economy minister resigns over scandal involving flag air carrier Pluna

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 21:22 UTC
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Uruguay's economy minister Fernando Lorenzo resigned on Saturday in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of Pluna, the country's flag carrier, President Jose Mujica announced at a brief press conference, with no questions taken, next to Vice president Danilo Astori. Read full article


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  • Forgetit87

    Fairness: Britard state rules it won't investigate Britard state's collusion in torture as this threatens Britard state's interests.

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 01:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    ' its Argentine managerial team failed'

    Say no more.... Rgs couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery...

    @1.... try and stay on topic.... you are just making a fool of yourself...

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 05:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Hey Chris!
    Told you MPP is a force within the FA, didn't I?
    And you blamed Pepe for Pluna, while highlighting Vazquez?
    I told you you have no clue....

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 08:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 Meanwhile, Brazil is begging the EU for a few more years in which to persuade argieland to act honestly. This is contrary to Brazil's usual position which is (a) that argieland is its brother, sister or other incestuous relationship and/or (b) bent over using its hands to hold its ass cheeks as far apart as possible.

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Uruguayan_And_Proud

    I wonder if another airline could use the same livery scheme as Pluna, because i do like Plunas livery. On another note, maybe another Uruguayan Airline(One better managed),like Air Class Líneas Aéreas(Who is planning a route to the Falkland Islands) or BQB Líneas Aéreas can take Plunas place.

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 04:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    A man and politico of some honour who is prepared to to step down and waive his immunity and let justice take its course,but cast to the wolves by his president.
    Ave Caesar, nos morituri te salutant!

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 3 Stevie
    Not another lie from you about me is it? Where were you on 26th July 2012? My post then had this in it:
    Like taking candy from a baby. Does no-one in 'power' in Uruguay understand the term 'due diligence'.

    To take a deal from a company with NO airline operating experience simply to 'keep the flag flying' is gross incompetence and Astori should resign his post in shame.”

    But it was Pepe and his illiterate Tupas mate who as Public Works Minister (WTF had he anything to do with Pluna) was responsible for the sale.

    My reading on this is very simple. Alonso has resigned (MP are causing real problems getting the names wrong) so that he can put the facts of his part to the press without the restrictions of government. I am sure we will see another picture of Pepe just like the one above when it comes out that:
    1) HE was the one (with the deadhead mate) who set the ridiculous terms for this sale. I can quote chapter and verse on this if you don’t believe me.
    2) HIS mate (who was appointed by him) was the one who did not do due diligence on the Bidder’s List which allowed the clone of the Argie who Pepe is always having his photo taken, the last one with TMBOA at the launch of a catamaran, to make a spoiling bid with absolutely NO FUNDS to back it.
    3) HE was the one who wanted to be “clever” and set the sale without an aerobridge (to be sold later for even more of a ripoff). Why would anybody buy overpriced SH planes without at least somewhere to route them?
    4) and the role of Fernando Calloia in certifying the funds is very funny. NO authority to do that by all accounts SO, why is he not resigning? Did anybody higher up TELL him to do it or else? Was that Pepe or Alanso, or the Argie?

    No Stevie, far too thin to decide what is going to come out in the wash!

    BUT, I suspect it is going to damage the Tupas when it does, let’s hope so, they deserve a kick in the nuts over this.

    Dec 22nd, 2013 - 06:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Aren't these meant to be Latam's good times at the moment, when their economies are growing?

    Dec 23rd, 2013 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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