As the days pass and President Tabaré Vásquez takes “the time necessary” to make up his mind whether to accept Alan García’s plea for political asylum, rumours spread that García has made enquiries to jump embassies, perhaps to the Chilean embassy, perhaps to that of Costa Rica.

For his part, President Martín Vizcarra has made clear his expectation that the Uruguayans would inform the Peruvian authorities prior to any attempt by García to leave, whether by the back door or the front.

The Uruguayan government, which faces an election next year, has been bombarded with pleas from Peru and elsewhere not to concede asylum to the twice past-president, arguing that García’s affirmations about the lack of democracy in the country are simply baseless.