The president of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, denied the request for asylum to the Peruvian president, Alan García (1985-1990, 2006-2011), considering that there is no political persecution.
"We have not granted the asylum request, among other things, for the aforementioned legal elements and also because in Peru the three powers of the State operate autonomously and freely," the Uruguayan president said at a press conference.
For his part, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said that "the Government of Uruguay has considered that the judicial investigations against former President Alan García do not constitute political persecution."
In addition, Nin Novoa informed that the Government of Uruguay asked the former president of Peru to withdraw from his Embassy in Lima after denying him the diplomatic asylum he requested.
"The Government of Uruguay has considered that the judicial investigations against the ex-president Alan García do not constitute political persecution, in the case of imputations mainly related to economic and administrative facts developed during his two efforts as president, consequently the ambassador of Uruguay in Peru has been instructed [Carlos Barros], we have spoken with the Foreign Minister of Peru (Néstor Popolizio), to invite Mr. Alan García to withdraw from our diplomatic representation, "the minister said.