Ex-president wins Uruguay election, pot plan safe

December 1, 2014 12:37 AM

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay's presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has legalized gay marriage and moved to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace.

The runoff vote had drawn international attention because Vazquez's rival, center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, had promised to undo much of the plan to put the government in charge of regulating the production and sale of marijuana on a nationwide scale.

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