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.
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