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Ex-president Tabare Vazquez has won Uruguay’s presidential runoff, extending the left’s decade-long hold on power — though not necessarily his predecessor’s ground-breaking marijuana laws, exit polls showed.

Vazquez, a 74-year-old cancer doctor who previously served as president from 2005 to 2010, won between 53 and 53.9 percent of the vote, and will succeed his Broad Front (FA) party colleague Jose Mujica, according to three different exit polls yesterday.

His center-right opponent, 41-year-old lawmaker Luis Lacalle Pou, took between 40.6 and 42 percent of the vote, found the pollsters, Factum, Cifra and Equipos Mori. (PTI)

The Left has retained the President ship. A welcome news!