From The Times November 30, 2009
Former Marxist guerrilla wins presidential election in Uruguay
A former guerrilla won presidential elections in Uruguay yesterday, with preliminary results giving him a six-point lead in a run-off vote.
José Mujica, 74, was a member of the Tupamaros Marxist movement that fought democratic governments in the 1960s and 1970s. He was jailed for 14 years for his role in the violence.
In the first round of elections in October, he won 48 per cent of the vote, just short of an outright majority. That led to the run-off against the former President, Luis Lacalle.
Mr Mujica has pledged to keep the ruling centre-left Broad Front coalition in power. Many Uruguayans credit the coalition with returning the country to economic growth and Mr Mujica, a farmer and former Agriculture Minister, has promised to continue investor-friendly policies that have helped the economy to expand for six consecutive years.
Mr Lacalle’ camp conceded defeat last night.