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Chinese soldiers perform stand at attnetion during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing
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)
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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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