Election victory for Uruguay's reformed rebel

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Election victory for Uruguay's reformed rebel

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A former left-wing revolutionary who spent nearly 15 years in prison during Uruguay’s military dictatorship has been elected as the country’s new president.

José Mujica won around 51 percent of the vote in a direct battle with his centre-right rival, who has since conceded the race. Mujica will replace Uruguay’s first ever leftist president Tabare Vazquez, who must stand down despite a high popularity rating after completing one five-year term in office. Although a member of an armed guerilla movement in the 1960s and 70s, Mujica has pledged to base his government on the moderate left-wing Brazilian model, rather than the more hardline policies of regional neighbour Venezuela.