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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Gerardo Caetano
Uruguayans used to call their country the Switzerland of Latin America, but its faded gray capital seems a bit more like Amsterdam now that its congress has legalized abortion and is drawing up plans to sell government-grown marijuana.
"They say I'm the world's poorest president. Let me tell you that I'm not poor. Poor are those who need too much," he said last week while getting an honorary degree at Argentina's Universidad de La Plata, the day after the final abortion vote.
They love his crotchety homespun humor and his man-of-the-people image, but they say Uruguay could benefit from a bit more decisiveness, historian Gerardo Caetano said.