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Weekly Report - 11 January 2018 (WR-18-01)

URUGUAY: Vázquez confronts conflictive start to year

The government led by President Tabaré Vázquez faces a challenging start to 2018. Uruguay’s trade union movement staged a partial general strike on 9 January over violence and is planning a mass mobilisation in late February. But it is the threat of protest action by the powerful rural sector that is causing greater concern in government circles, as an agricultural strike would damage economic growth.

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