Ex-rebel Mujica wins Uruguay presidential vote: exit polls


Uruguayan presidential candidate and former guerrilla Jose Mujica of the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front) votes during run-off presidential elections in Montevideo. Mujica won Uruguay's presidential runoff on Sunday, with around 51 percent of the vote, according to exit polls.

Uruguayan presidential candidate and former guerrilla Jose Mujica of the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front) votes during run-off presidential elections in Montevideo. Mujica won Uruguay's presidential runoff on Sunday, with around 51 percent of the vote, according to exit polls.

AFP – Former leftist rebel Jose Mujica won Uruguay’s presidential runoff on Sunday, garnering some 51 percent of the vote, according to exit polls.

The preliminary results suggested rival candidate former Conservative president Luis Lacalle won some 44 percent of the vote, triggered after Mujica failed to win over 50 percent of a first round vote in October.

Mujica, 74, will succeed President Tabare Vazquez, the first elected leftist to lead this small country located between Argentina and Brazil.

Vazquez, who is extremely popular, is constitutionally prohibited from standing for another term in office.

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