Tabare Vazquez looked set to win his party’s primary by a landslide on Sunday, clearing the way for him to run again to be president of Uruguay, the country he led between 2005 and 2010.With 31 percent of votes counted, Vazquez, a doctor by profession, had received about 82 percent of the votes cast to choose the candidate for the left-wing Frente Amplio bloc, election authorities said.Vazquez’s opponent, Senator Constanza Moreira, had won 18 percent of the votes. The official count tallied with earlier exit polls.The term of President Jose Mujica, also of Frente Amplio, ends in March 2015, with the election due to be held this October. Frente Amplio – which under Mujica has pursued radical policies such as marijuana legalization – is ahead in opinion polls with around 44 percent of support.
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Cuba opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades on Sunday, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area and the latest market-oriented reform for the communist-run island.While Cuba has allowed nearly 500,000 small business owners and their employees to operate privately and hundreds of thousands of farmers to grow their own crops, it has been slow to give them access to wholesale markets.Even though the farming sector has been the most liberalized, Cuba continues to import more than 60 percent of its food, in part because farmers still depend on state-run allocation and distribution of subsidized supplies. Official output has not significantly increased since the reforms began six years ago.But as of Sunday, farmers on the Isle of Youth, home to 60,000 people off the southwest coast of the main Caribbean island, can purchase unsubsidized supplies on demand.
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Brazil has stocked up on riot gear and is ready to deploy police and military forces to contain anti-government protests expected during the 32-nation World Cup soccer championship starting next month, authorities said on Friday.Brazilian officials believe the protests will be smaller than the massive demonstrations that unexpectedly erupted in June of last year during a warm-up event for the World Cup.The protests by Brazilians angered by the excessive cost of building the World Cup stadiums in a developing country with deficient public services have continued this year, but they have become less spontaneous and more violent.World soccer body FIFA is worried that a resurgence of the demonstrations could disrupt the games.The tournament will be played in 12 Brazilian cities between June 12 to July 13 and watched by billions of TV viewers around the globe. Some 600,000 foreign fans are expected to travel to Brazil to see their teams play.
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has hit a Twitter feed milestone of 2 million followers, though his cyber popularity still lags far behind that of his charismatic predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.”Today I reached 2 million followers on my Twitter feed that’s been active for barely a year!” he exclaimed during a speech to university students, lauding the follower who propelled him above the mark.”Greetings to Mr. Enver Segundo Medina Dias, of Maracaibo, I’ll see him tomorrow. He’s 53 years old, a compatriot, Evangelical … What was he doing up so late? It was like at 1 a.m. and this man – bam – he logged on.”Maduro, like Chavez, regularly blasts mainstream media as agents of a greedy U.S.-led capitalist system that misrepresents the self-styled Socialist state.Both leaders proved avid users of Twitter, a U.S.-based social networking company known for its service that lets people send and post text messages of 140 characters.
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Brazilian police forces have announced that they are to go on a 24-hour strike in 14 states, six of which will host World Cup matches.According to Brazilian police union’s website, the strike will take place on Wednesday, just 22 days before the start of one of the world’s largest sport events, the World Cup.Among the striking states are Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pernambuco and Amazonas, where World Cup host stadiums are located.Brazil’s federal police forces are also to hold protests on Wednesday. The federal police are in charge of immigration controls and border security.
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Venezuela’s three-month protest movement has dwindled to a hard core of a few hundred violent troublemakers and the unrest should be snuffed out by July, a top security official said.Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez, who has been the public face of the government crackdown on demonstrators, told Reuters authorities were focused on about 100 radical opponents in Caracas and 100-200 elsewhere around the nation.”They’re changing the tactics of subversion,” the 50-year-old army major-general said, pausing to take phone calls about the latest arrests on the streets of Caracas.”First it was massive (marches), then street barricades, then tents. Now’s it’s very focused – they burn a vehicle or a ministry, they attack an official,” said Rodriguez, who last week participated in a 3 a.m. raid on protest camps.
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