Former Uruguayan President José Mujica leaves politics

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The former presidents of Uruguay Jose Mujica Y Julio Maria Sanguinetti They left their seats in the Senate on Tuesday in an emotional last session with which they have put an end to their long political trajectories.

Both former presidents, aged 85 and 84 respectively, have made their departure from the Upper House coincide and have received recognition for their work by representatives of the different political parties, including those far from their position.

“I’m leaving because he is giving me pandemic“commented Mujica, who was president between 2010 and 2015.” To be a senator is to talk to the people and walk everywhere, “he stressed. Now, he added,” I am threatened from all sides: by old age and by myself. disease “, in reference to an immune ailment that you suffer from.

“In my garden I have not cultivated hatred for decades, hatred ends up stupid because it makes us lose objectivity in the face of things, hatred is blind like love, but love is creative and hatred destroys us,” said the former president, according to local media.

Mujica has stressed that “biology imposes changes but there must also be an attitude of change to give opportunity to new generations and help build the future” and has reviewed his life, among other things, his years in hiding as a Tupamaro rebel and the what happened in prison.

“I’ve been through everything, but I don’t hate anyone and I want to convey to young people that succeeding in life is not winning but getting up every time one falls,” he added. His speech concluded with the entire room standing up applauding him.

In statements to the press before the session, Mujica has made it clear that he does not abandon politics for pleasure: “I love politics but I love not dying more.” This is the second time that Mujica has left the Senate, although now he has hinted that it will be the final one. In 2018, his wife and Speaker of the House, Lucía Topolansky, had read his farewell letter.


For his part, Sanguinetti, who was president between 1985 and 1990 and between 2005 and 1995 and 2000, explained that now a stage of full dedication to the Colorado Party, of which he is Secretary General, will begin. The ex-president has underlined in declarations to ‘Subrayado’ that although his departure could have been “routine” it has become more “spectacular” when coinciding with that of Mujica.

Likewise, it has opted to send a message in defense of democracy and warn that “we cannot fall into intolerance, that if at the time we lost freedom it was because before we lost tolerance, and that democracy is based on the ethics of the defeat, in the intimate acceptance of the citizen vote “.



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