Uruguay. On February 23, a historic agreement was reached
across party borders for an educational reform, one of
President José Mujica's heart issues. The agreement was a
great victory for Mujica, who accused the political system
of permanently being in a state of electoral movement,
without pragmatic will for consensus for the good of the
country. He therefore called on all constructive political
forces in the country to contribute, in line with the
limited education reform, to a "mother of all reforms", ie.
a reform of the political institutions to reduce bureaucracy
and to make public administration work better.
countryaah, President Mujica's wife, as well as Senate Speaker
Senator Lucía Topolansky, created a great stir by
interviewing the military to be ideologically loyal to
Frente Amplio's (FA) political project. Military spokesmen
and opposition politicians were upset and Defense Minister
Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro was forced to publicly renounce
the statement and deny that any ideological reform work
within the armed forces was taking place. However,
Topolansky's statement was in line with what happened in
Venezuela and Ecuador, two countries whose presidents also
President Mujica sympathizes with.
A government reform in May created tensions within the FA
coalition. The Minister of Tourism, Héctor Lescano, was
replaced despite being the most successful in the government
and despite the fact that several other members of the
government had been subjected to criticism and public
demands for resignation, eg. the deeply unpopular Interior
Minister Eduardo Bonomi.