Uruguayan presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, pictured speaking to reporters after voting, said he is already preparing for the second round. — AFP Photo MONTEVIDEO — The leftist ruling coalition’s presidential candidate Daniel Martinez was ahead in Uruguay’s general election on Sunday, according to early results, but faces a tough challenge to beat the centre-right in a run-off next month. The Broad Front’s Martinez had around 38 per cent with more than half the votes counted, well short of the absolute majority needed to win outright. Former senator Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party was running second with 30 per cent and set for the November 24 run-off, where he will be able to count on the support of two major rivals. Third placed Ernesto Talvi, representing the Colorado party with 13 per cent, and fourth-placed candidate Guido Manini Rios of the new right-wing party Open Cabildo, with 10 per cent, both said they would support Lacalle Pou in the second round. “Uruguay needs a change and to realise that change we call on our voters to support Lacalle Pou’s candidacy to lead the coalition that will transform the country,” said Talvi, an economist. “Open Cabildo announces now… Read full this story
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