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Weekly Report - 21 March 2019 (WR-19-11)

URUGUAY: Vázquez bites bullet and dismisses army chief

Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez adjudged that the army commander, Guido Manini Ríos, had gone too far last week and summarily dismissed him. Manini Ríos had tested Vázquez’s patience for the best part of two years, publicly criticising the government’s reform of the military pension system, Caja Militar, and accusing a cabinet minister of lying. But, it was the army commander’s broadside against the justice system, which he accused of selective impartiality and convicting former military officers for human rights abuses during the dictatorship (1973-1985) without firm proof or even with forged evidence, which finally cost him his position. Manini Ríos is now weighing up whether to throw his hat into the ring for this October’s presidential elections.

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