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Weekly Report - 05 September 2019 (WR-19-35)

URUGUAY: Argentine crisis influences electoral campaign

“Of course, what is happening in Argentina worries us, it harms us. Just ask tourism operators”. These remarks were made by Luis Lacalle Pou, the presidential candidate of Uruguay’s centre-right opposition Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos), during his appearance at a business forum in Argentina, where he outlined the economic policies that he would implement should he win election in the general election on 27 October. Lacalle Pou was responding to a question put to him by Argentine businessmen. But back in Uruguay it is the presidential candidate of the ruling left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) coalition, Daniel Martínez, who is asking if Lacalle Pou and other opposition candidates are paying attention to the economic crisis that has befallen Argentina under the stewardship of the centre-right administration led by President Mauricio Macri, with whom they share a general view on economic policy.

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