Martinez had won the first round with 39.02 percent while Lacalle Pou came second with 28.62 percent.
As Uruguayan voters face a second-round election Sunday, candidates Daniel Martinez of the leftist Broad Front and Luis Lacalle Pou of the right-wing National Party are closing their campaigns.
In the first round election held on Oct. 27, voters were divided across four parties, with no presidential candidate reaching an absolute majority as a consequence. Martinez had won the first round with 39.02 percent while Lacalle Pou came second with 28.62 percent.
“We [The Broad Front] were born to be a political force, and we grew with the Uruguayan people, fueled by work and the effort to do things the right way,” Martinez said.
The candidate recalled before the crowd that his party “transformed Uruguay into the richest country per capita in Latin America,” adding that the popular origins of the Broad Front «taught us that it’s not enough to increase wealth. We must generate wealth but we must also distribute it, it’s the historical charge we have.»
As rising crime in the South American country became a top concern for voters over the last years, Martinez’s opponent, Lacalle Pou addressed the issue during his campaign’s closing rallies.
“We are going to go to every corner of the country to fight the industry of poverty, and did you see those places where the State gave up its presence? The famous red zones. Well, these are the first place the next government will go to, ” the candidate of the National Party said.
Sources: teleSUR, El Pais.