Weekly Report - 28 April 2022 (WR-22-17)

Wrestling the slippery eel

Uruguay’s left-wing opposition coalition Frente Amplio (FA) has seized upon the cost of living crisis to pressure the government in a bid to bounce back from the political setback it suffered in the national referendum on the Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC) on 27 March [WR-22-13]. The centre-right government led by President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou took some action last week to try and mitigate the impact of inflation, famously described by former [FA] president José Mujica (2010-2015) as “a slippery eel”, but this fell short of expectations and some calls from within his multi-colour coalition for tax cuts. The FA sought to exploit these differences by urging the government to take decisive action to reduce the tax burden in order to prevent thousands of people from slipping beneath the poverty line.

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