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Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez dies at 80 – RBA

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São Paulo – Former Uruguayan president Tabaré Vásquez died in the early hours of Sunday. He was 80 years old and struggling with lung cancer. Tabaré, leader of the Frente Amplio who started a season of progressive governments in his country, was elected for the first time in the past decade and government from 2005 to 2010. Then he elected his successor José Pepe Mujica and won again for a new term, third followed by the Broad Front, between 2015 and 2020. It was succeeded in March by Luis Lacalle Pou, of the Liberal Party.

“His example of political integrity and unwavering commitment to our country and our people will drive us to continue his legacy,” says the Front Broad note released today. Under the governments of Vázquez and Pepe Mujica, Uruguay combined economic growth with income distribution, extensive investments in public education and health. The poverty rate fell from 40% to 8%, GDP increased by an average of 4% per year and the number of people with medical coverage increased from 700,000 to 2.5 million. The country also dared with the approval of laws that regulated the right to board, same-sex marriage and marijuana use.

A procession is scheduled for 1 pm, departing from the city of Montevideo, which will cover the streets of the Uruguayan capital. But the government and the Frente Ampla itself agreed to direct the population to stay at home or in their cars to respect social distance.

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President Luis Lacalle Pou praised the political opponent and said that Tabaré Vasquez faced his battle with cancer with serenity and courage. “We had personal and political dialogues that I value and remember. He served his country with effort and achieved important successes. He was the president of the Uruguayans. The country is in mourning, ”he said in a statement.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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