Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

The Uruguayan Executive Branch has "funeral honors" for deceased former minister

The Uruguayan Executive Branch has "funeral honors" for deceased former minister

The Uruguayan Executive Power (EP) announced that "funeral honors of Secretary of State" will be paid to former Minister of National Defense Jorge Menendez, who died Thursday at 68 years of age due to pancreatic and liver cancer.

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Menéndez was forced to resign this month after it was revealed that the Army had omitted the statements of an ex-military offender during the dictatorship (1973-1985).

Before delivering his letter of resignation, on April 1, Menéndez was on medical leave due to his illness.

The law establishes that the funeral honors are for the death of incumbent ministers, president of the Supreme Court of Justice, member of legislative power, presidents, vice-presidents or citizens who have held these last two positions.

However, the EP ruled that the honors to Menéndez should also be carried out, particularly the provisions of article four of the regulations.

Said article establishes that the EP is responsible for the payment of burial expenses.

The information on the death of Menéndez was disseminated by the general secretary of the Socialist Party (PS), Gonzalo Civila, through a tweet.

"They inform us that our beloved compañero Jorge Menéndez died, he went fighting for democracy and against impunity, worthy and courageous, and in his memory we will not rest until there is truth and there is justice," says the message from Civila.

According to local media, Menéndez died in the same place where he was born, Durazno (center), where he remained in a residential hospital and will be veiled tomorrow morning when the burial takes place in the cemetery of the city.

Jorge Menéndez was born in Durazno, department he represented in the Chamber of Deputies during the period 2005-2010. In Parliament, he chaired the National Defense Commission and formed the Special Commission for Research, Science and Technology, both of the lower house.

In the first presidency of Tabaré Vázquez, was summoned in 2008 to occupy for a year the undersecretary of National Defense. In 2011, he returned to it, called by President José Mujica, and remained until 2016, when he became the portfolio's owner.


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