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Tue Mar 3, 2015, 01:15 AM

New Uruguay leader takes over from pot-friendly farmer.

Tabaré Vázquez was sworn in as President of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer José Mujica's colorful rule.

Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter known for legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and abortion, handed the presidential sash back to his predecessor and Broad Front (FA) party colleague, reversing their roles from five years ago in this country that bars presidents from serving consecutive terms.

Vázquez, an oncologist with a more buttoned-down style than the outspoken Mujica, won 53.6% of the vote in a November 30 presidential run-off, reclaiming the office he previously held from 2005 to 2010.

After taking the oath of office before the National Assembly, he called for dialogue on issues facing the country, at a moment when the parties that long dominated Uruguayan politics, the Blancos (Whites) and Colorados (Reds), are reeling from a string of FA victories.

At: http://news.yahoo.com/uruguay-leader-vazquez-takes-over-pot-friendly-farmer-144354178.html

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Judi Lynn Mar 2015 #1

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Tue Mar 3, 2015, 01:38 AM

1. So good to see this President was re-elected. Good for Uruguay.


Vrooooom! Lucia Topolansky's at the wheel. So cute, these two Tupamaros. [/center]
Thank you for the great news, forest444.

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