Hot News! Uruguay election results!

Trip Start Jun 15, 2009
Trip End Jun 14, 2010

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We didn’t mention (I think) that we became very aware of the impending Uruguayan elections while we were there. Although we had no real understanding of the political background or the issues involved, it was interesting feeling the excitement build up. Posters were everywhere and we even noticed that a citizens’ advice centre was reminding retired people that they were required to vote. If they did not have a stamp from the polling office or a form explaining why they were unable to vote, their pension might be stopped for a period!

It was clear from the frequency of posters and graffitti that there was a movement towards Mujica, who was leading an alliance of centre left local candidates throughout the country. There were cars with huge but ancient PA systems strapped to them going round the streets encouraging votes for the Mujica front, interspersed with loud music.

While we were in BsAs, we were able to read that the Mujica Alliance had indeed been enormously successful, gaining about 70% of the vote. There were several interesting articles about the man himself, particularly talking about the very humble life he insists on continuing to live. The security forces are concerned about how they can protect him as he is sure that he wants to carry on living in his very small home in the countryside (probably one the aspects of his life that has appealed to so many). Photos of him in his home show an extremely simple, possibly even impoverished life. It may have been clever marketing but his kitchen looked very basic with well-worn dishes in a simple drying rack beside the sink behind him. He certainly doesn’t look like a man who has profited from the seeming endemic corruption within south american politics. Although he is in his seventies, his charisma and 'fiery eyes' seem to have captured hearts and minds, let’s hope he can also steer the country to greater prosperity.

That's all, nothing about us, new blog coming soon from Rosaria where we are going today by bus.
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