Juan Candau, editor of one of Uruguay's leading newspapers, lashed out at the old presidential system in his country, pointing out that the system was detrimental to progress.
Candau arrived in Cambridge yesterday to begin a three month tour of the universities, museums, and other centers of culture in the United States. As a guest of the State Department, he is making an intensive study of the cultural opportunities in this country. Candau is representing Uruguay's new government.
Uruguay's executive department has just undergone a constitution change modeled after Switzerland's executive department. As of March 1, 1952, a National Council of nine members, known as the "Ejecutive Colegiado," took control of the executive duties of the nation.
According to Candau, "a presidential type executive department hindered progress. The president was more interested in political intrigues and reelection than the economic and social conditions of the republic."