MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayans voted Sunday in primaries to choose candidates to run in October presidential elections to succeed President Jose Mujica.
Voters will pick from a field of 16 candidates in 11 political parties in the balloting. Former president Tabare Vazquez was the favorite to be chosen to represent the ruling Broad Front, a leftist coalition in power since 2005 and which currently holds a majority in parliament. Vazquez, a 74-year-old oncologist who was president from 2005 to 2010, is facing off against Senator Constanza Moreira, a 54-year-old lawmaker who is presenting herself as the face of a younger generation of politicians. Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla, is barred by the constitution from running for a second consecutive five-year term as president. Of the major opposition parties, only the National Party faces a tough internal battle, pitting former losing presidential candidate Senator Jorge Larranaga against Luis Lacalle Pou, the 40-year-old son of a former president.
Pedro Bordaberry, the son of a former military dictator, was expected to emerge as the candidate of the other historically important but weakened opposition party, the Colorado Party.
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