Uruguay rebuked an ambassador for suggesting that foreign investment is at risk if the government changes in the next elections

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The diplomatic representative in Buenos Aires, Carlos Enciso, was observed by Foreign Minister Francisco Bustillo. However, the Broad Front calls for him to be dismissed

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Uruguay reprimanded an ambassador for suggesting that foreign investments are in danger if the government changes in the next elections

Luis Lacalle Pou with the ambassador to Argentina, Carlos Enciso, who caused controversy in his country with his statements

The foreign minister Francisco Bustillo observed the Uruguayan ambassador to Argentina, Carlos Enciso, for expressions in a journalistic interview in which he questioned the economic stability of his country if the political party that currently governs Uruguay were to change in the next general elections. The content of his statements quickly went viral on Twitter, and fell very badly within the spheres of the government.

In addition, the opposition party is asking Luis Lacalle Pou for stronger measures than a formal letter to settle this matter. Specifically, the ambassador questioned whether foreign investment in Uruguay would continue if the ruling party does not win the presidential elections in 2024.

The statements made by the official in a state television program seem to go against all the acts that the Uruguayan State has towards abroad. The latest: Luis Lacalle Pou attended the inauguration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, with two former presidents, both from different political parties. Julio María Sanguinetti, who was twice president, and José “Pepe” Mujica.

Uruguay rebukes an ambassador for suggesting that foreign investment is at risk if the government changes in the next election

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and former presidents José Mujica and Julio María Sanguinetti together with Lula at the inauguration of the Brazilian president

This gesture of party unity was also present when he assumed the Argentine presidency < b>Alberto Fernandez. And the then president of the Broad Front, Tabaré Vázquez attended the official ceremony with the elected president Luis Lacalle Pou.

The good relationship between the political leaders of different parties is an almost unique gesture in the region. And it is pointed out by specialists as a symbol of the economic and financial stability of Uruguay.

-if-the-government-changes-in-the-next-elections-da98b9a.jpg” alt=”Uruguay rebukes an ambassador for suggesting that foreign investment is at risk if the government changes in the next election” />< /p>Tabaré Vázquez hands over the presidential sash to the new president Luis Lacalle. Leaders of clashing political parties.

Things in the interview

How did this all start? Enciso was left in the eye of the storm when he was interviewed on the program Who is who, on Channel 5. The ambassador was asked what would happen to investors if in the next elections will not win the National Party.

“I have no doubt that if the sign changes, hopefully not, there are people who would rethink things,” the ambassador had said in that interview. In this same sense, he pointed out: “Whoever is here is not going to leave due to a change of government automatically, but whoever is not there and can come around has a different ear and may have other objections,” he pointed out.

The Uruguayan ambassador in Argentina, Carlos Enciso, questioned the arrival of investments in Uruguay if in 2024 the political sign of the national government changes.

Enciso went further, adding: “We are not going to do futurology and delve into hypotheses about what could happen from 2024 to there, but obviously there is tension in society and business in general about how our country will evolve”.

< h2 class="header">The government's slap on the wrist

The note sent by Bustillo falls far short of fulfilling the aspirations of the Broad Front, which had suggested that the ambassador should be removed from his post, according to El País.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry has yet to respond to a request for information sent to him by opposition senator Daniel Caggiani, belonging to the Popular Participation Movement, José Mujica's sector within the Broad Front.

Uruguay reprimanded an ambassador for suggesting that foreign investments are in danger if the government changes in the next elections

In order in the photo , from left to right: Carlos Enciso, Luis Lacalle Pou, Francisco Bustillo.

Caggiani, in dialogue with El País, had considered that Enciso's expressions were in contradiction with the law of the Statute of the Official of the Foreign Service of the Republic, in force since December 2019. It indicates that diplomatic personnel “are at the service of the Nation, with complete independence from persons, groups or parties. It also determines that the official is up to the job and must perform impartially.

Caggiani maintained that the ambassador's expressions were very serious and worrying and he hopes that the ministry, together with due explanation, apologizes to the Broad Front for these statements.

The sector intends to know “what opinion the expressions deserve” of the Foreign Ministry and requested that the assessment is carried out “within the framework of current regulations”, under the understanding that “they do not meet the criteria of independence with respect to political groups or parties”, according to the text of the request for reports to which the Montevideo Portal accessed.

In addition, the Broad Front seeks to find out if the Foreign Ministry eventually determined “any measure in this regard” and if Enciso's participation in the television interview had the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

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