Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas won Uruguay Presidential Election 2014

Dec 1, 2014 17:53 IST

Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas on 30 November 2014 won the 2014 presidential elections of Uruguay extending the decade-long rule of a leftist coalition. Vazquez belongs to the leftist Broad Front coalition party of Uruguay.

Vazquez won comfortably with 52.8 percent votes support while his centre-right challenger Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party trailed on 40.5 percent votes.

He will succeed President Jose Mujica who was barred by law from running for a second consecutive term.

Vazquez won the first round of voting in October with more than 46 percent of the vote but it was not enough for an outright majority.

The Broad Front narrowly won the majority in Congress in legislative elections held in November 2014. It indicates that Vazquez will be in firm control when his term begins on 1 March 2015.

Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas
• Vazquez is a respected oncologist who helped heal rifts inside the Broad Front in the late 1990s and led it to power in 2005 ending two decades of conservative rule that followed a military dictatorship.
• He had been the President of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010 when his mix of welfare programs and pro-business policies helped kick-start a decade of robust growth.
• As president, he presided over considerable improvements in education and working conditions, a significant expansion of the welfare system and a dramatic reduction in poverty.

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