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Luis Lacalle Pou, left, presidential candidate for Uruguay’s National Party, and running mate Jorge Larranaga wave to supporters at a rally in Montevideo, Nov. 22, 2009. Both men could run for president in 2019 (AP photo by Matilde Campodonico).

Will Uruguay Be the Next South American Country to Pivot Right?

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

After over a decade in power, a leftist party is damaged by corruption allegations. A weakened economy and parlous public finances add to public disaffection. Mounting fears over street crime fuel a sense of crisis. Challengers on the right, promising a clean-up and a crackdown, capture public attention—and eventually the presidency.

The same broad-strokes scenario has played out over the past 18 months across much of Latin America, notably in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. And with under a year until presidential and congressional elections in October 2019, a similar story—albeit with characteristic understatedness—is unfolding in Uruguay, the Southern Cone’s final outpost of the “pink tide” that swept left-wing leaders to power in the early years of this century. ...

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