Uruguay Elects Leftist Leader for First Time

Uruguay made a historic political shift Sunday in electing its first leftist president, Tabare Vazquez, and giving his coalition a majority in Congress to face rebuilding the country after its recent economic crisis.
Uruguay joins the ranks of South American nations — Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela — that have chosen left-leaning leaders on platforms of alleviating poverty following a decade of U.S.-backed free-market policies that often ended in economic chaos.
Vazquez’s 33-year-old Broad Front coalition — including Socialists, Communists, Social Democrats and a hugely popular former guerrilla movement — also secured majorities in both houses of Congress.
International News Article | Reuters.com

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