Second vote count by the Uruguayan Electoral Court gives victory to center-right National Party senator Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou. Although Court Vice-President Wilfredo Penco told Efe news agency that he will only proclaim the new president after the recount has ended, Lacalle Pou already has the majority of the second-round vote on Sunday. The inauguration will be on March 1, 2020.
When the result was released, around 3 pm, there were 35,229 votes not yet counted. To be elected, Lacalle needed 3,170 of those votes, but only with six of the departments (as the states are organized in the country) had he obtained nearly 5,000 votes.
The defeat of leftist candidate Daniel Martinez represents a major change in the country’s politics. He was the candidate of the Frente Ampla (or “Broad Front”), a coalition formed by former President Jose “Pepe” Mujica and current President Tabaré Vázquez. The group of Mujica was in power for 15 years.