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Weekly Report - 07 May 2020 (WR-20-18)

URUGUAY: Opposition slams sweeping reform bill

A political truce between Uruguay’s government and opposition is over. The cause? A far-reaching reform bill, including economic, education, and public security issues, sent to congress by President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou for urgent consideration. The left-wing opposition coalition Frente Amplio (FA) maintains that there is no precedent for a so-called ley de urgente consideración (LUC) containing so many articles. The FA argues that giving legislators just 90 days to debate it would be unacceptable at the best of times but is irresponsible in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, when it cannot be deemed a priority.

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