Uruguay: President Lacalle Pou and his party, strengthened after local elections

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The National Party won 15 of the 19 municipalities at stake, recovering three. The Broad Front retained Montevideo, Canelones and Salto -the most populated- but lost three at the hands of the ruling party.

The Government of Uruguay, headed by Luis Lacalle Pou, came out strengthened of the departmental elections held this Sunday in the country, after the National Party (PN, center-right) expire in 15 of the 19 municipalities (Regional governments).

With 100% of the votes counted, the political force to which the president belongs regained power in three departments that were in the hands of the Broad Front (FA, left): Rocha, Paysandú and Río Negro.

However, the FA kept jumping and he achieved comfortable victories in Canelones and Montevideo, the two most populated centers in Uruguay.

These are the main keys to Election Day:

After winning 15 of 19 possible intendancies, the National Party It was the big winner of the day, as the political scientist Adolfo Garcé explained to Efe.

“It did not lose any of the governments that it had and it recovered three that the Broad Front ran,” he explained.

Along the same lines, the political scientist Daniel Chasquetti also believed that the PN was the one that achieved the best results and pointed out that for this reason, “The Government comes out with a backing.”

Executive sources described the good results obtained by the PN throughout the country as “support” to Lacalle Pou’s management. despite the fact that the president could not deploy all his policies in the almost seven months of mandate due to the arrival of the pandemic.

As said sources told Efe, the Government lives with “satisfaction” the “good choice” on Sunday for the interests of the Government coalition, made up of four more parties, especially the emergence of a figure like Laura Raffo, candidate for the Municipality of Montevideo, despite not achieving victory.

The Uruguayan capital once again, as since the 1989 elections in which the one who was later president of the country (2005-2010 and 2015-2020) Tabaré Vázquez won, proved to be a left strength in which the FA won by a wide difference and placed the former Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining Carolina Cosse as the elected mayor.

With three candidates for mayor, the winner got 52% while the candidate of the Multicolor Coalition of the National Executive Power, Laura Raffo, reached 40%.

Once the results are known, Lacalle Pou called Cosse to congratulate her for your victory.

This Monday, Garcé assured Efe that the relationship between them will be “interesting” and assured that, despite the fact that the new mayor had the support of the most left wing of the FA, she will also have “strong incentives” to moderate and build bridges, thinking that the local government can be a “springboard” towards the national one.

Chasquetti, for his part, said that the relationship between Cosse and Lacalle Pou will be “normal.”

“The Uruguayan political parties are well institutionalized and understand the game. One thing is to compete for votes and another is to coexist institutionally“, he stressed.

The president of the FA, Javier Miranda, described this Monday in statements to the morning program Informal Desayunos Informal to the departmental elections as “bittersweet” for its political force.


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