The President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou, participated in events to commemorate the birth of the hero of the country, José Gervasio Artigas, accompanied by Vice President Beatríz Argimón and other figures from his government.
The Ministers of National Defense, Javier García; Interior, Luis Alberto Heber, and Public Health, Daniel Salinas. In addition, the heads of Social Development, Martín Lema; Tourism, Tabare Viera; Economy and Finance, Azucena Arbeleche, and Labor and Social Security, Pablo Mieres, as well as the Minister of Housing and Territorial Planning, Irene Moreira; Environment, Adrián Peña; of Education and Culture, Pablo da Silveira; of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Fernando Mattos, and the director of the Office of Planning and Budget, Isaac Alfie. Military and police authorities attended.
After delivering a floral offering to the figure of Artigas in Plaza Independencia, they moved to Sauce de Canelones where they were also in a protocol act together with the Canarian mayor, Yamandú Orsi.
The Minister of Public Works, José Luis Falero, spoke on behalf of the entire Executive Power and assured that the “artiguista legacy” speaks of looking at the present and “projecting the future”.
“Don’t get him into politics.”
On the day, the president also spoke about the criticism of the player of the Uruguayan Soccer Team, Federico Valverde, who generated controversy by crouching in a photograph with the president, in the farewell game before Qatar 2022 against the Panamanian team.
“Leave the little boy who plays soccer, leave him alone. Leave the guri alone, if I communicate or not it will be a personal issue, “said Lacalle when asked by journalists about the controversy in question.
“He’s a soccer player, don’t put him in politics,” he said, and continued: “Politicians getting into the sky blue team, the only thing they do is divide. I handed over the pavilion as all the presidents of the Republic have done and that’s where I limit myself; later as a fan”.