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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

Uruguayan opposition seizes on FA security woes

It is not often that a government presiding over the most violent year on record eagerly anticipates an impending election. It is no different in Uruguay. The executive and legislative hegemony of the ruling left-wing coalition Frente Amplio (FA) could come to an end in October’s elections. The main right-of-centre opposition Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos) and Partido Colorado (PC, Colorados) have been agitating for the removal of the interior minister, Eduardo Bonomi, for years in the face of an inexorable increase in homicides and violent theft, but he has retained his position from one FA administration to the next. The FA may now pay an electoral price for this political loyalty.

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