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Mujica calls for an organic reform of the Uruguayan Armed Forces

Former Uruguayan President José Mujica (2010-2015) called on Parliament's Defense Committee to study an organic reform of the country's Armed Forces.

Montevideo, July 5 (EFE) .- Former Uruguayan President José Mujica (2010-2015) called on Parliament's Defense Committee to study an organic reform of the Armed Forces of the

"I think we should try to study the organic laws of the Armed Forces and see if it is possible to achieve a rationalization effort that allows, on the one hand, To reduce certain things and, on the other hand, to increase the effective budget that has the base, "stressed Mujica.

In this sense, the now-senator of the ruling leftist coalition, Frente Amplio (FA), considered that the Army of his country does not need 200 colonels as it currently has.

He also said that what he posed is "a challenge" More rational and achieve better results with the same resources.

In the meantime, he said that it does not seem logical for him to discuss other issues related to the Armed Forces and not

In this regard, the senator of the opposition National Party (PN) Javier García coincided with Mujica and added that this issue should be discussed before the reform To the Uruguayan military retirement system, which generates a deficit of 400 million dollars annually and which the Executive has announced in more than one opportunity that it wants to carry out.

Modification to the retirement service implies defining how it is going to be exercised and how it will be fulfilled a profession in Uruguay from the last link. Exercise that function is withdrawn, but before you have to discuss the activity (...) if this is analyzed only by the economic lens will not have a solution, "Garcia added.

In addition, the senator Opposition leader said that he should ask Parliament to "redirect" the issue of reform to the military box.

In this regard, Mujica replied that he does not know what the rest will say Of the political force "and can not commit to it, but said they are willing to take the discussion of organic laws as far as they can.

Military retreat that the Uruguayan Government foresees that the amount will not be able to spend the 101,108 Uruguayan pesos (about $ 3,500) per month.

In turn, the document establishes that the Officials who wish to have a voluntary retirement must have 30 years of service or have reached the age of 60, unlike today who can request it with 20 years of service or 38 years of service.

The Minister of Economy, Danilo Astori, has called for the reform to be approved in such a way that it will take effect from 1 January 2018. Several times that the reform of the Military Fund, which has not changed for more than 40 years, is a "pressing issue" to alleviate the country's fiscal deficit, which currently stands at 3.7% Of the gross domestic product (GDP).

However, the reform generated controversy among legislators as there is no consensus on how to implement it.

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