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Supporters of presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez during a rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct. 12, 2014 (AP photo by Matilde Campodonico).

Uruguay’s Election a Choice Between Two Models for Economic Growth

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Oct. 26 is a big day for South American democracy. Most observers will be focused on the runoff in Brazil between the incumbent, President Dilma Rousseff, the candidate of the left-center Workers Party that has been in office since 2002, and her center-right challenger, Aecio Neves, in an election battle over who offers the better path toward securing and expanding the economic gains of the middle class.

But a similar electoral scenario is playing out next door in Uruguay, where former President Tabare Vazquez of the leftish Broad Front is hoping to return to office, succeeding outgoing President Jose “Pepe” Mujica, also of the Broad Front. Uruguay only permits nonconsecutive terms for the presidency, but between the two men, the Broad Front has been in power since 2005. ...

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