Uruguay renegotiates $3 bn pulp plant deal with Finland’s UPM

MONTEVIDEO, May 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou announced that the government had renegotiated the terms of a deal that would see Finnish company UPM invest in the building of a pulp plant in the South American country.

The original $3 billion investment by UPM, which already operates one such plant in Uruguay, was controversial because the new plant is located on the Uruguay River, which forms the border with Argentina.

Last passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship disembark in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The last 14 passengers of a cruise ship struck by COVID-19 disembarked on Wednesday in Uruguay's capital Montevideo.

The passengers, including Americans, Canadians and Europeans, were set to take a humanitarian flight later in the day to the United States, Uruguay's Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Talvi told reporters at the cruise ship terminal.

Uruguay approves flight to evacuate Australian, New Zealand passengers from cruise ship Greg Mortimer

MONTEVIDEO, April 8 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Uruguay has authorised a humanitarian flight to evacuate Australian and New Zealand passengers stranded on a coronavirus infected cruise ship.

About 128 of the 217 people on board the Australian-owned Greg Mortimer, including passengers and crew, have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Six of those have been taken off suffering from a “life-threatening” illness for treatment in the capital Montevideo.

Uruguay ushers in first conservative government in 15 years

MONTEVIDEO, March 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — After 15 years of left-wing leadership under the Broad Front coalition, Uruguay has ushered in a conservative government.

The centre-right National Party’s Luis Lacalle Pou was inaugurated on Sunday after winning a runoff election in November against the Broad Front’s Daniel Martinez by about 37,000 votes.

While the Broad Front presided over one of the longest economic growth cycles in the country’s history, growth stalled in recent years.

Uruguay seizes record haul of cocaine

28 December 2019; AFP: Uruguayan authorities seized a record haul of 4.4 tonnes of cocaine at the port of Montevideo in what the navy described Friday as "the biggest blow to drug trafficking in the country's history."

In a joint operation between the navy and customs, four soy flour containers packed with bags of cocaine were seized after showing "anomalies" when put through scanners at Montevideo's port.

Uruguayan president-elect calls for “national unity”

MONTEVIDEO, Dec 1 (NNN-Xinhua) — Uruguay’s President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou on Saturday called for “national unity,” saying that during his presidency beginning March 1, he will not seek “to change one half of the country for another.”

In the first speech after his confirmed narrow win in the presidential runoff on Nov. 24, Lacalle Pou said that the five political parties making up his “multicolor” coalition understood the “popular cry” for a different way to run the country.

Uruguay's Electoral Court proclaims Lacalle Pou as president-elect

MONTEVIDEO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay's Electoral Court officially proclaimed Luis Lacalle Pou as the country's president-elect on Saturday, after the final ballot inspection was concluded.

"The president and vice president-elect of the republic for the period of March 1, 2020, to March 1, 2025, are hereby proclaimed as the citizens Mr. Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou and Mrs. Beatriz Argimon Cedeira, respectively," the electoral body announced in a statement.

Center-right victory on hold as Uruguay vote too close to call

25 November 2019; AFP: Uruguay's presidential election is too close to call and the result will not be known for several days pending a recount, the South American country's electoral court said late Sunday.

"The court is not going to give a winner tonight," Electoral Court president Jose Arocena told reporters after a night of drama in Montevideo.

Argentine president-elect offers Bolivia's Evo Morales asylum

MONTEVIDEO, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernandez on Thursday offered future political asylum to Bolivia's ex-President Evo Morales.

Speaking in Uruguay's capital Montevideo, Fernandez said that once he takes office in December, it would be "an honor" to welcome Morales to his country.

Fernandez, who was meeting with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, also extended the offer of asylum to Morales' vice president.

Uruguayans vote on security reform in general election

27 October 2019; AFP: Polls opened in Uruguay Sunday with voters electing a successor to leftist President Tabare Vazquez and deciding on constitutional reforms including the establishment of a military police force.

Uruguayans will also be electing all 99 deputies and 30 senators in the Congress.

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