21 de noviembre de 2019

Uruguay’s Sunday runoff election may bring down the ruling party

Por Fernando Rosenblatt

In a first-round election Oct. 27, Uruguayans split their votes across four parties, failing to give any one presidential candidate an absolute majority. Voters now face a second-round election Sunday.

The runoff will play out in an increasingly unstable regional context, after months of protest and conflict in Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. Here are four things to know.

1. The Oct. 27 election tested voters’ enthusiasm for the Broad Front.

Sunday’s runoff will see Daniel Martínez of the leftist Broad Front face off against Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party. Martínez won the first round with 39.02 percent of the vote, followed by Lacalle Pou’s 28.62 percent. The Broad Front has won Uruguay’s past three presidential contests, but it might not be able to pull off a fourth win.

The first-round results suggest an uphill battle for the Broad Front. Ernesto Talvi, the Colorado Party presidential candidate, and Guido Manini Ríos, Open Town Hall’s candidate, were quick to throw their support behind Lacalle Pou — as did the leaders of two other minor parties. If voters follow their lead, the National Party candidate would be on track to victory in the runoff.

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