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Montevideo - Uruguayan President Tabare
Vazquez'' statements against the Expiry Law
were happily welcomed by human rights
figures, organizations and the local media.
"Uruguay does not deserve to have an expiry
law," said Vazquez, referring to the
regulation, which granted amnesty in 1986 to
ex military officers and police agents
accused of violating human rights in the
time of the dictatorship (1973-1985).
"I really hope, as Uruguayan citizen that
the people overturn this law in the next
referendum," he said about the campaign to
collect signatures that is concluding on
Friday in Montevideo, with the necessary
support to start proceedings for a
plebiscite, together with national elections
on October 25.
Print newspapers, web sites, radio and
television outlets have published the
comments on Thursday in a press by the
president in Costa Rica, where he is paying
an official visit.
This is the first time that Vazquez has
spoken in public in favor of canceling the
regulation by means of a referendum.
Union leader Luis Puig, one of the promoters
of the signature collecting campaign for the
plebiscite, said "Tabare's statements do not
surprise us," because he is a president
"that listens to his people, and the people
are saying that the Expiry Law must be
Lawyer Oscar Lopez Goldaracena, a defender
of victims of the dictatorship, said Vazquez
"spoke as head of State" and highlighted
that "the only way for the State to comply
with the law is overturning it."
Political, social and human rights
organizations will present on Friday over
300,000 signatures to the General Assembly,
the country's top legislative authority, to
request the referendum on the Expiry Law.