Mérida, 1st December 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has congratulated leftist Tabare Vazquez for his overwhelming victory in the second round of Uruguay’s presidential election on Sunday.
Vazquez, an oncologist and former president, was elected with 55.5% of the vote against 44.5% for centre-right candidate Lacalle Pou, according to 71% of votes counted. Further, Vazquez’s party, the Frente Amplio (FA), will constitute a parliamentary majority after winning 47.8% of votes in October.
“Congratuations to compañero Tabare Vazquez, president elect of Uruguay, for this victory of the Frente Amplio, our brothers of the South,” said Maduro via twitter.
The Venezuelan president continued by stating that he had called Vazquez following the victory. “I passed on the congratulations of the Bolivarian people of Venezuela to the Uruguayan people. A hug,” he wrote.
Vazquez will succeed Jose “Pepe” Mujica, a popular president who spoke out against war, consumerism, and lived an austere life as the country’s leader. Mujica will continue playing a part in political life as a newly elected senator.
The victory of the left in Uruguay follows the re-election of two other left wing governments in the continent this year, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Evo Morales in Bolivia.