A recount of the votes cast in Uruguay's general election, held last November, has confirmed former Agriculture Minister Juan Maria Bordaberry as the country's new President.
A recount of the votes cast in Uruguay's general election, held last November, has confirmed former Agriculture Minister Juan Maria Bordaberry as the country's new President. Reports of Senor Bordaberry's success came from the Electoral Court today (Friday).
Although less than 20 per cent of the total votes were cast for Senor Bordaberry, under Uruguay's complicated electoral system he was also credited with the votes cast for other candidates from his party -- the ruling Colorado Party.
SYNOPSIS: At a basketball stadium in Montevideo, vote-counting continues to discover Uruguay's new President -- nearly four months after the country's general election. In a bitterly contested poll, the two principal rival parties each collected around two-thirds of a million votes. The result was a recount. And under Uruguay's complicated electoral system, a recount takes time.
A provisional count last November indicated that the new President would be former Agriculture Minister, Juan Maria Bordaberry. But the margin was narrow, and two-hundred-thousand votes from abroad and doubtful ballot papers still had to be counted. Without a clear-cut winner, there had to be a recount. But reports from the Electoral Court on Friday confirmed Senor Bordaberry as new President.
At the offices of Accion, the official newspaper of the Colorado Party, Senor Bordaberry met the press this week. A forty-three-year old rancher, he's the youngest of the eleven presidential candidates, and the man entrusted by the outgoing president to continue the government's tough right-wing policies.