The internal Forehead Wide (FA) begins to heat up ahead of the June elections that will decide, within the left coalition, who will be the opposition representative who will contest the presidency of Uruguay for the period 2025-2030. For the senator and pre-candidate Mario Bergara, The attitude of their coreligionists towards some proposals marks differences between the four competitors to top the lists in October.
The security —or insecurity— is not an issue that is present only at the level of government actions —and, therefore, of criticism or questioning by the opposition—: little by little, we are beginning to see how it is installed as an issue campaign also within the parties.
In that sense, and after the proposal of the Progressive Seregnista Call to dialogue with the rest of the political parties to work on solutions regarding security was rejected by the FA; Bergara questioned his coalition partners for the attitude adopted through a long text that he shared on his networks.
“The penetration of drug trafficking and insecurity in neighborhoods is a scourge that destroys social and cultural fabric and significantly affects coexistence,” the candidate began, as an explanation behind the proposal that brought his political space closer to the left coalition, and then emphasize that “the FA As a collective, they did not endorse our proposal.”
“It was understood that now is not the time because it is difficult to seek agreements in the context of an electoral campaign. We understand it, but we are far from sharing it. It is in these very moments that the maturity of our political system“Bergara pointed out in this regard.
Although he clarified that “the campaign will address the issue of insecurity and drug trafficking,” it is not the same as “doing it in a key way.” electoral spoils that in the context of the search for a state policy”. “I cannot resign ourselves to telling Uruguayan society that it must wait and suffer this scourge for a year and a half without making the effort to dialogue,” added the senator.
The truth is that the Bergara exchange occurs at a time where, within the FA, There are other broader discussions with a clear campaign tone. Among them, and not coincidentally, is the intention on the part of the Popular Participation Movement (MPP) that the senator lowers his candidacy; and even within the Seregnismo there are sectors that pressure for it to step aside to maintain, in exchange, a certain impact on the eventual Frente-Amplista government.
In this context, Bergara’s comments can also be read as a broader criticism of the presence of certain favoritism or, at least, impartialities on the part of the left coalition, crossed by several issues that test its “political correctness” to manage to absorb votes—or not lose them.
“It was questioned that we pre-candidates launch proposals without ‘consulting’ previously and it was insisted that the program must be prioritized,” Bergara considered, in that sense, in the shared text. In addition to emphasizing that the programmatic bases require the presentation of “complementary and concrete” proposals, the pre-candidate recalled that both Yamandu Orsi as Carolina Cosse and Andres Lima —the other three competitors within the FA- “They have launched their own proposals and we did not see this question being raised.” “So it depends on who is raising it?” he questioned.