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article imageUruguay Presidential Election — ‘Pepe’ calls voting with bonhomie

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 26, 2014 in Politics
Montevideo - Uruguayan President José "Pepe" Mujica was one of the first citizens to vote today in his country’s general election. He asked his countrymen to cast their ballots "with bonhomie, joy and peace."
Although the runoff vote between the current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves da Cunha, a senator from the state of Minas Gerais and leader of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) receives most attention in the world press, the small South American country Uruguay also
Tabaré Vázquez  former President of Uruguay (2005 -2010) and presidential candidate on today s pre...
Tabaré Vázquez, former President of Uruguay (2005 -2010) and presidential candidate on today's presidential election.
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has its own presidential election today. The candidates Tabaré Vasquez of the Broad Front, and Luis Alberto Lacalle of the National Party, are ahead in the polls with 45 and 32 percent, respectively. Therefore, a run-off election will be required.
The current Uruguayan President Jose Mujica (79) turned out to vote in the district Rincon Del Cerro, on the outskirts of Montevideo, using his decrepit Volkswagen "Beetle" and accompanied by his wife, Senator Lucía Topolansky.
Dozens of reporters and onlookers caused a small riot when the veteran president, a former Tupamaros guerrilla, left the polling place and answered some questions from the press.
Faithful to his philosophical style, José Mujica who is internationally recognized as "the world's poorest president", insisted on an idea he had repeated several times during the week and reminded his countrymen that this election "is not a war" and that although "this is an important step" in the
Uruguay Presidential candidate L.A. Lacalle  National Party.
Uruguay Presidential candidate L.A. Lacalle, National Party.
country's history, "the country was already here before the election, and it will continue after it."
"There will be someone who feels triumphant, others less so, and some may feel they lost, but actually in the face of life no one loses," he added.
Mujica also said that despite the suggestion of some political sectors that this election involves a class separation between the left and the right, in his view "unlike European political parties, Uruguayan parties are more mixed regarding social classes,"
"Uruguayan parties are composed of people of all social classes, and so, they have their contradictions. This is a unique feature; I think we have to keep it that way" added Mujica.
Mujica refused to issue political statements in relation to today’s election. He said he probably would do so at the close of voting. He also said he will not seek meeting with Tabaré Vazquez, his colleague and presidential candidate of the ruling Broad Front, "because he is now busy and I do not want to distract him." On his activities for the rest of the day he said his plan is "to prepare several pots in his farm and plant some tomatoes and zucchini with the intention of getting a bit tired and sleep better."
Under the Uruguayan Constitution, Mujica cannot run for re-election or campaign in elections. However, he heads the list to the Senate of the Movement of Popular Participation (MPP), the Broad Front’s leading political segment, and it almost certain he will be elected to a seat in the next Parliament.
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