December 11, 2013
Ceremony to take place tuesdayMonday, August 26, 2013
Controversy in Montevideo over giving CFK the city keys
Uruguay’s opposition National Party yesterday strongly criticized the decision by Montevideo Mayor Ana Olivera to present President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner the keys to the city when she travels to the neighbouring country for the inauguration of a plant there on Tuesday.
National Party candidate for Montevideo mayor Jorge Gandini joked via Twitter that “if Ana Olivera gives the key to the city to Cristina K, we should change the lock, just in case.”
Gandini told local daily El Pais that “it may not be the right moment to give signals of this nature with all the ups and downs seen in relations with the Kirchners.”
Uruguayan President José Mujica was caught in a scandal this year when he was inadvertently recorded calling Fernández de Kirchner an “old hag,” adding that she was “worse than her one-eyed” husband, late former president Néstor Kirchner.
While Mujica apologized, Olivera, who also belongs to the ruling Broad Front, decided to honour the president as a distinguished visitor, in an arguable attempt to further patch up relations between the two neighbours.
Another sector of the National Party led by Congressman Javier García also opposed the initiative.
“Throughout her term in office,” the Argentine president has “given sufficient evidence of her lack of consideration and respect for the Uruguayan people, promoting measures that damaged and continue to undermine this country.”
Uruguay gov’t praises move
Pro-government figures in Uruguay supported the decision as a demonstration of the “profound and rooted relations that we see today between the two countries.”
Broad Front deputy chairman Juan Castillo described Olivera’s initiative as the “distinction of the head of state of a sister country,” while Gonzalo Civila, the Socialist Party political secretary for the department of Montevideo, praised the “reaffirmation of the will for integration, a sign of this decade won in the region.”
Socialist Senator Daniel Martínez, the former CEO of Uruguay’s ANCAP oil company, said he “absolutely supports” the idea due to Fernández de Kirchner’s role in “the project of integration we have set up in Latin America,” expressing a desire to “keep working together with the Argentine government.
The president will travel across the River Plate on Tuesday for the inauguration of a de-sulphurization plant built for ANCAP by Astra Evangelista, a YPF subsidiary.
Herald with DyN, Télam