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Uruguay votes for Mujica successor

The presidential candidate of the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) party, former president (2005-2010) Tabare Vazquez, speaks to the press before casting his vote at a polling station in Montevideo, on October 26, 2014Uruguayans voted Sunday to elect a successor to folksy iconoclast President Jose Mujica, whose leftist coalition is fighting off youthful challengers from the country’s more conservative traditional parties. Mujica is looking to hand power back to his predecessor, cancer doctor Tabare Vazquez of the Broad Front (FA), who polls indicate is likely to win the first round but not by enough to avoid a runoff with either Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party or Pedro Bordaberry, the son of a former dictator running on the Colorado ticket. Surrounded by supporters, Mujica — famous for legalizing marijuana sales, living in a run-down house and donating most of his salary to charity — was one of the first to vote in his Cerro neighborhood west of the capital Montevideo.

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