New Uruguay leader takes over from potfriendly farmer

first_imgA live microphone once caught him saying: “This old hag is worse than the one-eyed guy.” It was a reference to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner and her late husband and former President Néstor Kirchner, who had a lazy eye.Critics point to Mujica’s shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the country’s academic achievements fell.Vázquez inherits a country facing a tougher economic climate than when he first took office in 2005.Uruguay has enjoyed 12 years of unbroken growth and record-low unemployment, but is now struggling to deal with the end of the global commodities boom.Inflation is now more than one point above the official target range of three to seven percent, and Uruguay’s giant neighbors Argentina and Brazil are both experiencing economic downturns. Facebook Comments MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Tabaré Vázquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer José Mujica’s colorful rule. Related posts:Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Uruguay says it won’t take more Guantanamo inmates Uruguay to probe dictatorship crimeslast_img read more