Uruguay's Parliament debated whether to extend the special powers granted to the military in a special session on Saturday (31 March).
GV EXT Parliament building
SV INT Wall clock reading 21 51
SV Chairman Dr. Paz Aguirre & other officials
SV Parliament members
MV Mr. Echegoyen with others
SV Dr. Juan Pablo Terra speaking
SV Members listening
MV Senator Enrique Rodriguez (right) TILT TO Mr. Echegoyen speaking
SV Girl taking notes
MV Mr. Rodney Arismendi taking notes
MV Mr. Wilson Ferreira Aldunate listening
Initials ESP/0103 ESP/0117
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Background: Uruguay's Parliament debated whether to extend the special powers granted to the military in a special session on Saturday (31 March). The period of the extension debated was 60 days.
Since February the military has exercised a tutelage over Uruguay's civilian government, which is headed by President Juan Maria Bordaberry. The military has since spoken of corruption in government departments, and has issued specific warnings to the government intended to end existing privileges.
The military has also accused some unnamed politicians of making secret deals with the now-suppressed Tupamaros urban guerrillas.