Uruguay's Mujica aims to keep the lid on Communist fervor

Uruguay's Mujica aims to keep the lid on Communist fervor

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Outgoing Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is struggling to keep the lid on Communist ambitions that some fear can unravel the ruling Broad Front coalition before next year's presidential election.

Uruguay set to become major gas exporter

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Uruguay is set to become a net exporter of natural gas after latest assessment showed it has potentially large and commercially viable gas deposits on its territory.

Uruguay faces key economic challenges

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Uruguay's newly elected President Jose Mujica faces serious economic challenges of job creation and poverty reduction as he begins an internatonal campaign for enticing investors into the country.
Uruguay presidential polls outcome uncertain

Uruguay presidential polls outcome uncertain

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The presidential election in Uruguay Sunday is moving toward an uncertain outcome, raising concerns the political and economic stability enjoyed under President Tabare Vazquez may be coming to an end.

Uruguayan navy to expand to protect oil

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Uruguay is expanding its naval forces to protect its extended territorial waters.

Uruguay wants stronger, balanced Mercosur for Latin cohesion

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay wants a less fragmented Latin America, but his lament about an unbalanced and weak Mercosur tells only part of the story. The region is long on pacts and treaties but short on political and economic cooperation models that actually work.

U.S., Uruguay talk trade ties

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- President Bush met with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez to discuss strengthening ties and the possibility of a free trade agreement between the nations. Vazquez said the United States and Uruguay would create a commission to explore bolstering trade ti

Uruguay to remain in bloc, says president

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 2 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez said Tuesday he does not want to leave the Mercosur trade bloc, contradicting previous remarks.

Uruguay: Experts find regime corpse

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Uruguayan forensic experts said Wednesday they had discovered the remains of someone detained during the country's former military regime.

Uruguay's left strike again

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 9 (UPI) -- Uruguay's leftist politicians recorded some surprise victories in elections during the weekend, winning eight of 19 mayoral races.

Uruguay signs energy deal with Venezuela

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, March 2 (UPI) -- Uruguay's new president, Tabare Vazquez, signed a energy deal with Venezuela Wednesday, just one day after assuming office.

Uruguay inaugurates leftist president

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, March 1 (UPI) -- Uruguay Tuesday inaugurated Tabare Vazquez as president, the first leftist leader in the small South American country in 150 years.

Castro not attending Uruguay inaugural

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, March 1 (UPI) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro says security fears will keep him from attending the inauguration of Uruguayan President-elect Tabare Vazquez.

Poll: Uruguay elects leftist president

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Uruguayans Sunday appeared to have elected the nation's first leftist leader, ending the 180-year reign of its traditional party leadership. A local polling firm reported that Tabare Vazquez - the one-time mayor of the capital, Montevideo, won more tha
Tabare Vazquez
Chinese soldiers perform honor guard duties for Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez during an official welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas (Spanish pronunciation: ; born January 17, 1940) is a former President of Uruguay. A physician (oncologist) by training, he is a member of the leftist Frente Amplo coalition (Broad Front in English). Vázquez was elected president on October 31, 2004, took office on March 1, 2005, and relinquished the office on March 1, 2010. As president, Vázquez presided over considerable improvements in education and working conditions, a significant expansion of the welfare system, and a dramatic reduction in poverty, with the percentage of Uruguayans living in poverty falling from 32% to 20% of the population from 2004 to 2009.

Born in the Montevideo neighbourhood of La Teja, Tabaré Vázquez studied medicine at the Universidad de la República Medical School, graduating as an oncology specialist in 1972. In 1976, he received a grant from the French government, allowing him to obtain additional training at the Gustave Roussy Institute in Paris.

From 1990 to 1995, Vázquez was the Frente Amplio coalition's first Mayor of Montevideo. In 1994, he made an unsuccessful run for president as the Frente Amplio candidate, receiving 30.6% of the vote. In 1996, he was elected leader of the Frente Amplio, replacing the historic leader of the left-wing coalition, Liber Seregni. He ran again in 1999, receiving 45.9 percent of the vote in the runoff election, losing to Jorge Batlle.

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