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Weekly Report - 09 July 2020 (WR-20-27)

URUGUAY: LUC approval overshadowed by Talvi departure

President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou’s far-reaching reform bill cleared its final hurdle in congress on 8 July. The left-wing opposition coalition Frente Amplio (FA) strenuously opposed the so-called Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC), arguing that it constrained fundamental liberties, and squeezed myriad unrelated issues which were far from urgent into a bill requiring approval within 90 days in the midst of a pandemic. But the five-party ruling coalition hung together to secure the LUC’s approval. Whether it will remain united throughout Lacalle Pou’s mandate is less certain. Stresses and strains can already be discerned. The foreign minister, Ernesto Talvi, tendered his resignation last week during the virtual summit of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).

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