Uruguay’s ex-president Tabare Vazquez was declared on Sunday the winner of the country’s presidential election, an outcome that is expected to keep in place implementation of historic marijuana reform.

Vazquez’s win marks a continuation of power for the leftist Broad Front coalition.

Reuters reported: “Center-right opposition candidate Luis Lacalle Pou quickly conceded defeat after three unofficial quick counts showed Vazquez with over 53 percent support. Lacalle Pou trailed with about 41 percent of the vote.”

At a victory rally, Vazquez said:  “Uruguayans have said yes … yes to more democracy … yes to better public services.” 

Among the differences between Vazquez and Lacalle Pou is their stance on the marijuana legalization enacted almost a year ago by current president Jose Mujica, also of the Broad Front coalition.

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