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Despite the fact that Uruguay's nonconformist and libertarian president José Mujica cannot stand for re-election, the nation's upward trajectory will continue, regardless of who is elected president, predicts Derek Sambrook

28 November 2014

The only difference between Brazil's presidential election (see my September blog) and Uruguay's, which were both held in October, will be that President José Mujica (described as the sage of Montevideo) cannot be re-elected because the country's constitution does not allow a second consecutive term. In both cases a run-off has been necessary, and as Marina Silva's defeat has illustrated, anticipating the result is a role of the dice.

I will have written this blog before the result in Uruguay is known, but whatever the outcome, I don't expect any significant changes. Tabaré Vásquez, who won 48 per cent of the vote in the first-round, is not a man in uncharted territory; he has been here before. He was preside...

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