A Leftist Loss in Uruguay’s Presidential Race Wasn’t Exactly a Conservative Triumph

Uruguayan President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou arrives at the country’s presidential palace for a meeting with outgoing President Tabare Vazquez in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 2, 2019 (AP photo by Matilde Campodonico).
Uruguayan President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou arrives at the country’s presidential palace for a meeting with outgoing President Tabare Vazquez in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 2, 2019 (AP photo by Matilde Campodonico).
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Ending 15 years of governing by the leftist Broad Front coalition, Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party was declared the winner on Nov. 30 of Uruguay’s closely contested presidential runoff. The results of the second-round vote a week earlier, on Nov. 24, came down to just 28,666 votes out of 2.43 million cast, according to the Electoral Court. With turnout at 90 percent, Lacalle Pou, a lawyer, veteran congressman and son of a former president, edged the Broad Front’s candidate, Daniel Martinez, a former mayor of Montevideo, 48.7 to 47.5 percent. During the Broad Front’s decade and a […]

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