Uruguay Presidential Election Heads To Runoff

Daniel Martinez, presidential candidate for the Broad Front party, greets attendees while holding a Uruguay flag at the party's headquarters during an election night rally in the Centro neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Photographer: Tali Kimelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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News Americas, Montevideo, Uruguay , Tues. Oct. 29, 2019: The ruling leftist candidate Daniel Martinez led the race for presidency in Uruguay after Sunday’s voting.

The former mayor of the capital Montevideo had 39.7 percent of the votes – not enough to win outright.

The center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou was second with 29.2 percent.

Since no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will take place on November 24.

The winner will take office on March 1, 2020 to succeed incumbent President Tabare Vazquez.

Uruguay holds general election every five years for president and vice president. Each term lasts five years and is ineligible for immediate reelection.

A voter turnout as high as 90 percent was registered in the first round of the election this year, according to the Electoral Court.

The ruling left-wing Broad Fronts presidential candidate Martinez will now face ex-senator Luis Lacalle Pou, in a second round on Nov. 24. (Source: CCTV)