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Official election results showed that Uruguayans by a large margin approved retaining a law that grants amnesty for human rights abuses committed under military rule. With 7,037 of 7,072 districts reporting in Sunday’s referendum, the vote was 1,013,554 for retaining the amnesty law, or 52.62%, and 771,942, or 40.08%, for repeal. About 85% of eligible voters participated. The amnesty law forbids prosecution of about 180 soldiers and police accused of torture, murder and other crimes from 1973-1985, when the military ruled Uruguay and conducted what it called a war on leftist subversion.


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