Weekly Report - 10 November 2016 (WR-16-44)

URUGUAY: Rising star in Uruguay’s political firmament

Uruguay’s ruling left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) coalition is experiencing its most challenging period in government since coming to power in 2005: the economy, after nearly a decade of rapid growth has ground to a halt, and pots-and-pans protests about public security recently resulted in the interior minister, Eduardo Bonomi, (successfully) running the gauntlet of his third motion of censure in congress. And yet it is the main opposition parties, the Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos) and Partido Colorado (PC, Colorados) who are facing the most serious political threat. The PN and PC’s hopes of capitalising on the FA’s political travails in general elections in 2019 have been damaged by the decision by the wealthy businessman Edgardo Novick to register a new party with which he intends to run for president in 2019.

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