Mu­jica’s wife as­sumes vice pres­i­dency in Uruguay

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

LU­CIA Topolan­sky, the wife of for­mer Pres­i­dent Jose Mu­jica, be­came Uruguay’s vice pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day af­ter law­mak­ers ac­cepted Raul Sen­dic’s res­ig­na­tion amid cor­rup­tion ac­cu­sa­tions.

Topolan­sky, 72, is a for­mer guer­rilla who was im­pris­oned and later rose through the po­lit­i­cal ranks to be­come a law­maker. She will also head the Se­nate and the congress’ gen­eral assem­bly.

Sen­dic, 54, an­nounced his de­par­ture over the week­end amid al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion stem­ming from pur­ported credit-card mis­use dur­ing his ten­ure as head of state oil com­pany ANCAP. It is the first time a vice pres­i­dent has stepped down in the South Amer­i­can na­tion.

The cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions sur­faced in June, when the weekly pub­li­ca­tion Busqueda re­ported that be­tween 2010 and 2013, Sen­dic used cor­po­rate credit cards to make pur­chases at jewelry, elec­tron­ics, fur­ni­ture and other stores ap­par­ently un­re­lated to his of­fi­cial busi­ness.

A tri­bunal of his po­lit­i­cal party de­ter­mined he may have en­gaged in “un­ac­cept­able use of pub­lic funds” and ac­cused him of ly­ing in his de­fense. Sen­dic ap­peared be­fore the tri­bunal but was un­able to ex­plain the pur­chases other than to say they seemed “strange.”

Un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, Sen­dic should be re­placed by the sen­a­tor at the top of the party list that re­ceived the most votes in the last elec­tions. That per­son is Mu­jica. But the for­mer pres­i­dent is in­el­i­gi­ble due to a pro­hi­bi­tion on pres­i­den­tial re-elec­tion. The sen­a­tor next in line is his wife. – AP

Vice Pres­i­dent Raul Sen­dic re­signed Wed­nes­day amid al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and was re­placed by Topolan­sky, the first woman in Uruguay to hold that po­si­tion. Photo: AP

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