Daniel Martinez tops the presidential election in Uruguay

The former mayor of Montevideo will have to play a second round on November 24 against the center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, according to polls at the exit of the polls.

Daniel Martinez voted in Montevideo on Sunday 27 October. Matilde Campodonico / AP

The Frente Amplio (Extended Front), this left-wing coalition, still has the wind in the air. His candidate Daniel Martinez took the lead on Sunday (October 27th) in the presidential election in Uruguay, according to polls at the exit of the polls.

Mr Martinez obtained 37% of the vote, ahead of Luis Lacalle Pou (Partido Nactional) at 29%, according to these polls. Both candidates will play a second round on November 24.

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The incumbent president, Tabaré Vazquez, had made his first mandate from 2005 to 2010 under the banner of the Frente Amplio (Extended Front), the left-wing coalition that is now seeking a fourth term in a row. He had broken with decades of hegemony of the two traditional center-right parties, the National Party and the Colorado Party. Between the two terms of Vazquez (the constitution prohibits the outgoing to be a candidate for re-election), President Jose "Pepe" Mujica (2010-1015), from the Frente Amplio too, had passed a series of progressive laws such as marriage for all, the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy or the legalization of cannabis.


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