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Child poverty, an essential issue in Uruguay’s electoral campaign

Montevideo, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The increase of child poverty is today an essential issue in the current electoral campaign in Uruguay, with promises made by the presidential pre-candidates.

Increasing public investment, as well as the Child and Family Care Centers (Caifa) and the creation of a parliamentary commissioner for Childhood, are some of the proposals mentioned in electoral rallies.

According to data from the National Institute of Statistics, poverty among children under six years of age closed 2023 at 20.1 percent, four tenths above the level it had in 2022 and 3.1 percent more than the corresponding record in 2019.

The pre-candidate of the ruling National Party, Álvaro Delgado, stated that it will be “the first objective of our government to reduce child poverty”.

This statement was criticized by the opposition Frente Amplio (FA) as an unfulfilled promise of the current Executive Branch, in which Delgado served as Secretary of the Presidency.

On the other hand, the programmatic bases of the FA propose the “elimination” of child poverty and, if they win the October elections, they intend to reduce it significantly in the next five years.