An estimated 1.6 million people were expected to cast their votes on Sunday (November 28) in Uruguay elections ranging from city councils to the Presidency.
An estimated 1.6 million people were expected to cast their votes on Sunday (November 28) in Uruguay elections ranging from city councils to the Presidency. This film shows final campaigning by the "Broad Front" left-wing Coalition candidate for the Presidency Liber Seregni, and Wilson Ferreira Aldunate of the Blances. Also seen in the second half of the film is the Blance candidate for Vice-President, Julio Pereyra.
For the first time in Uruguay's history a strong left-wing Coalition, the "Broad Front" which is backing Seregni, is challenging the traditional rule of the colorado and Blanco parties.
The Coalition is locally given on uphill chance of success.
Eleven candidates are seeking the Presidency, including the outgoing President Jorge Pacheco Areco of the Colorado Party.
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SYNOPSIS: Uruguayans went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new President in the west crucial elections in the nation's history. This was the arrival in Montevideo of a motorcade of the "Bread Front" left-wing Coalition, after its campaign tour of the surrounding countryside. The "Bread Front", a left-wing Coalition including the Communist Party, is for the first time in Uruguay challenging the two traditional political giants the Colorades and the Blancos. Its leader is retired army general Liber Seregni.
Few observers give the "Bread Front" Coalition a chance of outright victory, but the left-wing showing is expected to be strong enough to divide the country between right and left as has never been done before. The Coalition, modelled along the lines of Marxist President Salvador Allende's Popular Front in Chile, is the latest in a developing left-wing challenge in Latin America seeking deep economic and social refers to eliminate the long-standing inequality between rich and poor.
Observers in Uruguay see on almost immediate return to violent tactics by the Tupamarco urban guerrillas if ??? the outgoing Colorados or the Blancos gain power. At this rally in Independence Square, Montevideo on Friday, thousands of Blanco supporters shouted for Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, one of the party's two Presidential candidates, and denounced the left-wing Coalition. The Blancos face a challenge of seven Colorado candidates, including outgoing President Pacheco Areco himself. The Colorados have long been the ??? Uruguayan politics.
The Blancos' Campaign has however been a vigorous one. This is Julie Pereyrs, their candidate for the Vice-Presidency. Almost two million people were eligible to vote in the elections, which decide not only the Presidency for the next five years but also the entire 129-seat Congress and hundreds of local officials in the Federal capital of Montevideo and 18 provinces.