Military Capabilities

Uruguayan government changes defence minister and army commander posts

15 April 2019

Changes continue within the top ranks of Uruguay’s military. José Bayardi is the new defence minister while General Claudio Feola has been named the army’s new commander. Both men assumed their new posts on 8 April. This marks the latest chapter in civil-military tensions in the South American nation.

Bayardi replaces Jorge Menendez, and Gen Feola replaces General José Ariel González Spalatto, whose short-lived term started on 18 March.

At the heart of these recent changes are accusations of human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings, committed by the Uruguayan military during the 1973–85 civil-military dictatorship.

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