The former president of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez dies


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The former Uruguayan president Tabaré Vazquez He has died at the age of 80 after a long illness, his political formation, the Broad Front, confirmed this Sunday in a tweet.

“It is with deep pain that we communicate the death of our honorary president,” the tweet reads, in which it is emphasized that Tabaré Vazquez was “an example of political integrity.”

Vázquez announced in August 2019, when he was still president, that a pulmonary nodule with “very firm characteristics” had been detected and that it could be “a malignant process.”

Tabaré Vázquez, after winning the elections in 2005
Tabaré Vázquez, after winning the elections in 2005 – AFP

Five days later, he underwent an intervention that confirmed that the tumor was cancerous, although after medical treatment, it was initially revealed that he was cured.

He handed the band over to Lacalle Pou

Vázquez became the first left-wing president in the history of Uruguay when he won the elections as a candidate for the Broad Front, and he held the leadership of the State for two non-consecutive terms: from 2005 to 2010 and from 2015 to 2020.

On March 1, after finishing his second term as president, he handed over the presidential sash to Lacalle Pou, from the National Party (center-right), with whom in December he had traveled to Argentina for the inauguration of Alberto Fernández in a gesture of institutional stability, despite his different ideology.

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