Uruguay starts voting in presidential election, leftist favorite to win

November 30, 2014 11:34 AM

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MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayans began voting on Sunday for a new president, with former leader Tabare Vazquez looking set to win comfortably, securing the ruling leftist coalition a third consecutive term and allowing it to roll out its pioneering marijuana law.

Opinion polls give Vazquez, 74, who was president from 2005 to 2010, a 14 percentage point lead over Luis Lacalle Pou, 41, of the center-right National Party.

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