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Weekly Report - 13 June 2019 (WR-19-23)

URUGUAY: Tight electoral contest in prospect

Uruguay’s primary elections on 30 June are shaping up as the most intriguing in the country’s history. There are more parties and more presidential pre-candidates than ever. While it looks like, for the fourth time in a row, October’s presidential elections will be a tussle between the victor in the primary contests held within the ruling left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) and the main centre-right opposition Partido Nacional (PN, Blancos), the emergence of a genuine outsider cannot be ruled out. It is noteworthy that the former army commander Guido Manini Ríos, who is running for the right-wing Cabildo Abierto, is already vying for third with the traditional Partido Colorado (PC, Colorados) in one early opinion poll.

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