Uruguay sees growing opposition to Guantánamo prisoner transfer
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Uruguay sees growing opposition to Guantánamo prisoner transfer

A plan to resettle six Guantánamo prisoners in Uruguay is facing increased opposition in the South American country.

President José Mujica agreed to accept the men earlier this year as a humanitarian gesture. But plans to transfer them from the U.S. base in Cuba to Uruguay were put on hold until after the October 26 election.

A new poll by the Cifra consulting agency says 58 percent of Uruguayans oppose the transfer. That’s up from 50 percent in July.

In addition, the leading opposition presidential candidate says he’s against the pending transfer and a former president is criticizing the U.S. ambassador for saying publicly that Uruguay was committed to the transfer.

Mujica said Thursday that he still believes the country has the “political will” to accept the prisoners.

Associated Press