Uruguay: José Mujica announced that he is leaving politics

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The former president of the neighboring country assured that he will leave his seat as senator shortly: “I love politics and I wouldn’t want to leave, but I love life more.”

Former Uruguayan President José Mujica (2010-2015) confirmed this Sunday that he will soon leave his seat as senator due to age and health issues, within the framework of the departmental and municipal elections.

I love politics and I don’t want to leave, but I love life more. And since I’m about to leave, I try to stretch the minutes I have left. What defect, eh? “, Said the senator of the Broad Front, a left-wing coalition that governed Uruguay between 2005 and 2020, in the moments before casting his vote.

Despite the fact that he himself had on occasion hinted that he would leave the Senate in October -for which he won a seat in the 2019 elections-, this Sunday he commented that if he can, he will “to leave before”.

“I am about to leave because of my age, because I have a chronic immune disease and it is logical that politics forces social relations. If I have to take care of myself, I can’t speak, I can’t go one way, I can’t go the other, I’m a bad senator“, argued Mujica, who last May turned 85.

The ex-president, who campaigned supporting one of the three candidates of the Frente Amplio for the Municipality of Montevideo, Álvaro Villar, gave special relevance to the local elections held this Sunday.

“If the world continues this process of globalization to the stumbling block, municipal issues will probably assume more and more importance while national issues will be governed by international treaties and conventions,” he said.

Some 2.7 million citizens are called to vote to elect the rulers of its 19 departments (provinces) and 125 municipalities for the period 2020-2025.

Undoubtedly, the elections are marked by the health emergency that Uruguay has been experiencing since March 13, when the first cases of coronavirus were detected in the neighboring country.

These elections were scheduled for May 10, but, to avoid more infections on a day of possible crowds, it was decided to postpone them until September.

With information from EFE


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