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Yearbook 2011

Uruguay. According to Countryaah official site, the newly elected President José Mujica's main political problems during the year were deep cracks in the government coalition Frente Amplio (FA). In August, he presented a nine-point program to bring the parties to the coalition together, and his representative at the presidential post, Tabaré Vázquez (2005-10), simultaneously launched a similar proposal. In the background of the split, there was a gap between Mujica's Movimiento de Participación Popular (MPP) and Partido Comunista Uruguayo (PCU), but also between the coalition's left wing in general, represented by Mujica, and its right wing, represented by Finance Minister Danilo Astori.

2011 Uruguay

The disagreement within the FA mainly revolved around the issue of a more radical distribution policy when the country's economy is doing as well as it does, but also about issues in the mining sector. A subsidiary of an Indian mining company that intends to invest $ 3 billion in iron ore exploitation, which would have become the largest private investment in Uruguay's history, withdrew from the project after a political quarrel over its utility for the country's economy broke out within the FA. The critics felt that it was yet another in the series of historical cases where foreign companies utilize natural resources for their own gain. Instead, the government succeeded in agreeing on a proposal for a cautious progressive land tax for landowners with more than 2,000 hectares. The proposal was presented as early as May, but first met with resistance. from Finance Minister Astori, who blamed Mujica for populism. However, it was liked by the coalition's left wing, which has long called for reform of the landowner structure.

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