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Lacalle Pou’s victory in Uruguay strengthens regional centre right

After an extremely close vote obliged the Electoral Court to execute an official recount, the conservative candidate emerges victorious by a narrow margin. His election marks a change in power and a shift to the right in Argentina’s neighbouring country. Conservative presidential candidate for the Partido Nacional Luis Lacalle Pou will be Uruguay’s next president, the Electoral Court confirmed today. The conserative Partido Nacional leader won the presidential run-off on November 24, his…

Uruguay vote in Sunday’s presidential runoff – a crucial turning point or a continuation of the past

This Sunday 2.7 million Uruguayans will cast their ballots in the presidential runoff, which according to all opinion poll forecasts, will have Luis Lacalle Pou, the leader of an opposition multicolor alliance as head of the Executive next March, but equally significant, power switching, it will mark the end of fifteen years of almost undisputed predominance of a catch-all coalition, Broad Front, which ruled South America’s smallest country for three consecutive five-year mandates. In effect opinion polls,…

Argentina shifts to the left…and Uruguay to the right?

Sunday’s presidential elections in Argentina and Uruguay revealed an anti-incumbent mood in the electorate. In Argentina, voters punished Mauricio Macri, the market-friendly president, who dramatically failed to live up to his promises of economic growth. Across the Río Uruguay, Daniel Martínez, from the incumbent center-left Broad Front coalition in power since 2004, won a plurality of votes but will face a strengthened opposition in the second-round election next November, which he might lose. Regardless…

Uruguayan elections – a defining moment for their democracy

On Sunday 27 October the Uruguayan electorate will be voting for a new president (there is no immediate reelection) and a renewed Legislative, 30 Senators and 99 Lower House members. Uruguay is one of the more stable countries in the region, both it’s solid institutions as well as its citizens who are deeply committed to democracy, social rights and a strong presence of government in the economy. And after fifteen years of rule by the Broad Front, a catch all coalition whose arch extends from radical…
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