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(07/30/09) -

Uruguayans Want V¡zquez to Run Again in 2014

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in Uruguay think Tabaré Vázquez should not retire from public life after his current presidential term expires, according to a poll by Equipos Mori. 52 per cent of respondents think Vázquez should try to earn another term in the 2014 election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Most people in Uruguay think Tabaré Vázquez should not retire from public life after his current presidential term expires, according to a poll by Equipos Mori. 52 per cent of respondents think Vázquez should try to earn another term in the 2014 election.

Vázquez—nominee for the leftist Progressive Encounter (EP)—won the October 2004 election with 50.45 per cent of the vote, becoming the first Uruguayan president to represent a political organization other than the Red Party (PC) and the National Party-Whites (PN-B).

The president officially took over in March 2005, and began his government with majorities in the Chamber of Deputies—with 52 lawmakers in the 99-seat lower house—and the Chamber of Senators—with 18 legislators in the 31-seat upper house.

Uruguay will hold presidential and legislative elections on Oct. 25.

Vázquez is barred by the constitution from seeking a second consecutive term, but could seek another term in office in the 2014 ballot. During his term in office, the president has refused calls to introduce a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run in this year’s ballot.

On Jun. 28, Uruguay’s four main political parties held a non-mandatory primary ballot to select their presidential candidates. Senator José Mujica secured the nomination for the EP-FA, former president Luis Alberto Lacalle won the PN-B nod, Pedro Bordaberry will run for the PC, and Pablo Mieres will be the contender for the PI.

The 74-year-old Mujica is a former leader of the rebel Tupamaros National Liberation Movement (MLN). Lacalle was president between 1990 and 1995.

On Jul. 16, the PC’s Bordaberry nominated former soccer player and coach Hugo de León as his vice-president candidate. The PC running mate expressed satisfaction, declaring, "My greatest pride in the coming October election is going to be when our candidate garners the most voters possible, those many votes that the Colorado party and its long tradition of dedication to Uruguay and its people, deserves".

Polling Data

Do you think Tabaré Vázquez should run for president in 2014?

Yes

52%

No

34%

Not sure

14%

Source: Equipos MORI
Methodology: Interviews with 900 Uruguayan adults, conducted in July 2009. Margin of error is 3.2 per cent.