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Uruguay election could cost U.S. an ally

Leftist presidential front-runner Tabare Vázquez closed his campaign this week promising to place relations with South American neighbors ahead of Washington and assuring nervous business leaders that change in Uruguay will be progressive rather than radical. Public opinion polls suggest Vázquez, a radiologist specializing in cancer treatment, will win 52 to 55 percent of the likely vote tally this coming Sunday. By winning a majority, Vázquez would avoid a November runoff. Vázquez’s election would likely cost Washington another ally in South America. His Frente Amplio, or Broad Front, is a coalition of leftist forces that include moderates, radicals, even ex-guerrilla leaders. Full Story

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