Uruguayans go to polls in first-round presidential election
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Uruguayans go to polls in first-round presidential election

Left-leaning candidate Tabaré Vázquez is expected to clinch the most votes as Uruguayans head to the polls in the first round of a presidential election.

The 74-year-old is succeeding outgoing President José Mujica as the presidential candidate of the Broad Front coalition.

But polls suggest that neither Vázquez nor his main opponent, National Party candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, will get the absolute majority to avoid a runoff on Nov. 30.

Vázquez was president of Uruguay in 2005-2010.

Lacalle Pou, 41, is the son of a former president. If elected, he promises to modify the law that Mujica led to create the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana.

Polling stations close at 9:30 PM GMT. Exit polls will be released an hour later.

Associated Press