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Monday, November 30, 2009

Uruguay Surf's the "Red Tide"

Uruguay's recent election keeps the Latin American "Red Tide" rollin' on.

From Al Jazeera

Luis Lacalle, a former president of Uruguay, has conceded defeat in the country's presidential run-off after exit polls showed a former rebel securing the majority of the vote.

Polls following Sunday's election showed Lacalle's rival, Jose Mujica, a blunt-talking former senator and one time leftist guerrilla fighter, leading with more than 51 per cent of the vote.

The run-off was called after neither candidate won an absolute majority in the first-round of voting in October.

Lacalle, a 68-year-year-old lawyer who was president from 1990 to 1995, campaigned on pledges to shrink the size of government and reduce crime.


His rival Mujica, 74, vowed to continue the policies of Tabare Vazquez, the popular outgoing president, and work to unify Latin Americans after taking office beginning March 1.

Thanks Juan.

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