The presidential candidate of the center-left coalition that has governed Uruguay for 15 years conceded defeat on Thursday, four days after a close and contentious runoff election, as the nation joined others in the region in shifting rightward.
The concession ushers in Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party as the country’s new leader. It also spells an end to the tenure of the Broad Front, a coalition of leftist and center-left parties that oversaw the legalization of abortion, same-sex marriage and the sale of marijuana.
Mr. Lacalle Pou’s rival, Daniel Martínez of the Broad Front, conceded even as the vote count continued on Thursday. Mr. Martínez acknowledged on Twitter that the counting of provisional ballots would “not modify the trend” and said he would meet with Mr. Lacalle Pou on Friday.
Congratulations to Uruguay’s President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou @LuisLacallePou on your electoral win. We value our strong partnership with Uruguay and look forward to strengthening our long-standing relationship and extensive cooperation.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 2, 2019
.@LuisLacallePou “espero ser un Presidente que sepa admitir la crítica, espero ser un presidente que ande entre la gente los próximos cinco años y espero en cinco años volver a ser un ciudadano más y encontrarme con ustedes y poder mirarlos a los ojos” pic.twitter.com/tB2Onb25LN— Partido Nacional (@PNACIONAL) November 30, 2019
Uruguay has a new president https://t.co/Zd7qawXBqz— Bloomberg (@business) November 28, 2019