Luis Lacalle Pou swears as new president of Uruguay

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MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – Luis Lacalle Pou, of the National Party (center right), swore on March 1 as the new president of Uruguay, ending 15 years of Government of the Broad Front (left) in this South American country.

“I, Luis Lacalle Pou, commit myself for my honor to loyally carry out the position entrusted to me and to keep and defend the Constitution of the Republic,” said the new president before the General Assembly in the Legislative Palace.

Before the oath, the former president Jose Mujica (2010-2015), who chaired the session, replied: “You are invested as President of the Republic.”
Mujica was until March 1 the president of the Senate and the General Assembly for being the titular senator of the most voted list (609 MPP) of the most voted party (Broad Front) in the national elections of October 2019.
Lacalle Pou He was elected in the second round held last November, overcoming by a few votes to the front-extensionist Daniel Martínez thanks to the support of an electoral coalition made up of other center and right-wing parties.

The assumption ceremony is attended by several foreign dignitaries, including presidents Jair Bolsonaro, from Brazil, Sebastián Piñera, from Chile, and Iván Duque, from Colombia, as well as King Felipe VI of Spain and the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.

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