The senator and leader of the Cabildo Abierto, Guido Manini Ríos, is waiting for President Luis Lacalle Pou to arrive in Uruguay to give explanations about the material that former Vice Chancellor Carolina Ache disclosed to the Prosecutor’s Office.
In dialogue with the Portal of Montevideo, the legislator said that on Wednesday the president did not communicate with him, but he hoped that he would do so once he arrived in Uruguay.
Manini Ríos considered seriously that Lacalle’s communications advisor, Roberto Lafluf, tore up a Foreign Ministry document, as Ache informed prosecutor Alejandro Machado.
“We understand that Lafluf did not act on his own initiative. The trusted advisor to the president who works on the 11th floor of the Executive Tower met (with Ache) a few meters from the president’s office,” added Manini Ríos.
When asked if Cabildo Abierto is thinking of leaving the coalition, the senator answered, “I will not put it on labels, but all the options are on the table. Cabildo Abierto will wait to know the explanations and decisions of the president, as well as the release of Francisco Bustillo on Friday, and then we will make a decision.
The lobby leader assured that “this will not be solved by Bustillo’s resignation alone.” “Here, there must be many layoffs, many decisions, and quickly,” he said about it.
Manini Ríos considers that, beyond the effects and political explanations given by Lacalle, he also needs to explain why “an express passport is given to a drug trafficker and why they later want to hide the information.”
Ache went to the prosecutor’s office for the investigation led by Machado to give a Uruguayan passport to drug trafficker Sebastián Marset. The case also includes the Minister of the Interior, Luis Alberto Heber, and the undersecretary of that portfolio, Guillermo Maciel.