Uruguay’s Foreign Minister, Ernesto Talvi, presented his definitive resignation on Wednesday, according to what he wrote on his Twitter account. In a letter addressed to President Luis Lacalle Pou that he published on the social network, Talvi explained that his intention was to remain in the Foreign Ministry until the end of the year, during the “pro tempore” presidency of Uruguay in Mercosur that the country assumes this week.
The Uruguayan chancellor would be the first cabinet minister chaired by Luis Lacalle Pou to leave office. Although he will not do so immediately, since he announced this Thursday that he has not yet submitted any resignation, Talvi met last Tuesday with the president to agree to his departure from the executive power.
A few months ago, Foreign Minister Ernesto Talvi, at his rallies as a candidate for the presidency of Uruguay, did not hesitate to describe the Venezuelan government as a dictatorship. However, in an interview this Saturday he affirmed that he “won't say in this role” that the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is a dictatorship.
The killing of three young Uruguayan marines, with shots in their heads in a non-strategic outpost next to the Montevideo fortress which overlooks the port and city, has shocked public opinion and triggered pledges from government authorities that the culprits will be brought to justice and face trial.
Uruguayan students will be returning to face-to-face classes from June following a three-stage calendar and with voluntary assistance, the country’s president, Luis Lacalle Pou, reported on Thursday.
Uruguayan president Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou and his Argentine peer, Alberto Fernandez held a half-hour video conference Tuesday mid-morning to address the recent decision by the current Argentine administration to freeze Mercosur free trade negotiations with potential new partners and instead concentrate efforts in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its sanitary, social, economic and employment consequences.
After the departure from Montevideo of the last medical flight with passengers of the stranded Antarctic cruise Greg Mortimer, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, sent a letter to Uruguay’s President, Luis Lacalle Pou, acknowledging the action of his government for its collaboration with Australian citizens.
According to the estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Uruguayan economy will decrease by 3% this 2020. The “great closure” has been how the international body has defined, as the title of its World Economic Outlook, government measures against the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19.
Mercosur country members agreed on Wednesday to share information and statistics on the coronavirus evolution as part of a common strategy destined to combat the pandemic, which included facilitating the return of ex-pats and ensuring the movement of goods among the block.
By David P. Michaels (*) - Luis-Alberto Lacalle Pou, Uruguay’s recently inaugurated President, faces one of the most significant challenges in Uruguay’s recent history.