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September 29, 2020

Uruguay

Hotel Casino Carrasco license was granted to Codere-Sofitel

(Uruguay).- With 24 votes of a total of 29, the Montevideo Council approved last week the awarding of Hotel Casino Carrasco to Codere- Sofitel group. The 20 lawmakers of the political party Frente Amplio voted in favor of the measure, and the opposition had different statements, in favor and against the measure.

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he three representatives of Partido Nacional (National Party), Álvaro Viviano, Daniel Graffigna and Fernando Ripoll, voted against the measure. In Partido Colorado, Guillermo Facello, Aníbal Gloodtdofsky, Glenda Rondán and Cristina Ferro voted in favor. Ferro, who represents Foro Batllista, did it, although she had differences and concerns on irregularities reported during the process. Political sources said that she acted following the leader of the sector, Óscar Magurno. In short, most of the opposition (five in nine), voted against the measure.

In Partido Colorado, Gustavo Osta and Fitzgerald Cantero voted against the measure. These representatives, as well and other two that did not enter to the chamber, were against the “quick” treatment of the issue, promoted by the official party, considering that “it is a millionaire process in which not only this administration is involved, but also six future governments during the tender.”

Besides, a “surveillance commission” of the tender was voted unanimously. The file will now pass to the Court of Audit, which will declare a non binding statement.

In case the local council grants the tender process, Codere will have four months to present the definite project. The administration may take 30 days in order to study it and another month to grant the construction license. The deadline of the execution of the development must be of 20 months.

Sources of the Local Council informed that representatives of Liberman group (the one that obtained the second better punctuation during the call) considered the possibility to demand the Local Council for us$ 200 million. In January, the consortium that won the license started working to hire companies, technicians and personnel, in Uruguay and abroad.

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