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Controversy in Uruguay over gender-based violence law

Montevideo, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The proposal to modify the law on gender-based violence today provokes mixed reactions and the rejection of presidential pre-candidate, Carolina Cosse.

Last Thursday, President Luis Lacalle Pou sent the bill to Parliament, proposing changes to four articles of Law 19.580.

According to interpretations here, the project aims to avoid “false denunciations” and to offer more guarantees to the denounced.

For the pre-candidate for the Frente Amplio, Carolina Cosse, the governor decided to “touch” a law “instead of attacking” “one of the enormous security problems” faced by the country, such as gender-based violence.

He said that the initiative takes place in the “midst of the institutional scandal” that provoked the resignation of the president of the Board of Directors of the ruling National Party, Pablo Iturralde.

This happened after the disclosure of compromising chats between Iturralde and former senator Gustavo Penadés, imprisoned and charged with multiple sexual crimes.