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March 11, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Over lamb chops and cuts of beef, President Bush chatted amiably Saturday at this presidential retreat with a former leader of a legendary band of leftist guerrillas known as the Tupamaros. "I respect you and I'm proud to be in your country," Bush told Jose "Pepe" Mujica, who is now Uruguay's minister of agriculture and livestock, according to a White House aide. Mujica, the aide said, was pleased to give Bush an expansive overview of this tiny nation's agricultural needs.
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October 26, 2009 | Associated Press
A blunt-talking former guerrilla seeking to maintain the left's hold on power in Uruguay easily got the most votes in presidential elections Sunday, but failed to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Jose "Pepe" Mujica received about 48% of the votes compared with 30% for former President Luis Alberto Lacalle, a free-marketeer who wants to cut government and taxes and reduce alliances with Latin American leftists. Two voter initiatives -- one to remove amnesty for human rights abuses under the 1973-85 dictatorship and another to enable mail-in votes by citizens living outside Uruguay -- also failed to win majorities, according to exit polls by the companies Cifra, Factum and Equipos Mori.
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October 26, 2009 | Associated Press
A blunt-talking former guerrilla seeking to maintain the left's hold on power in Uruguay easily got the most votes in presidential elections Sunday, but failed to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Jose "Pepe" Mujica received about 48% of the votes compared with 30% for former President Luis Alberto Lacalle, a free-marketeer who wants to cut government and taxes and reduce alliances with Latin American leftists. Two voter initiatives -- one to remove amnesty for human rights abuses under the 1973-85 dictatorship and another to enable mail-in votes by citizens living outside Uruguay -- also failed to win majorities, according to exit polls by the companies Cifra, Factum and Equipos Mori.
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March 11, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Over lamb chops and cuts of beef, President Bush chatted amiably Saturday at this presidential retreat with a former leader of a legendary band of leftist guerrillas known as the Tupamaros. "I respect you and I'm proud to be in your country," Bush told Jose "Pepe" Mujica, who is now Uruguay's minister of agriculture and livestock, according to a White House aide. Mujica, the aide said, was pleased to give Bush an expansive overview of this tiny nation's agricultural needs.
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December 25, 1994 | SIMON ROMERO
Botanica owner Carmen Mujica doesn't believe the warnings about rattlesnake capsules, even if county officials say they caused three deaths in recent months. "I've taken rattlesnake capsules my entire life and I'm strong and healthy," said Mujica, who last week heard on a Spanish-language radio station the warnings that the capsules can cause illness and death. "What else are poor people going to cure themselves with?"
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August 1, 2013 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
BUENOS AIRES -- Uruguay appears likely to become the first Latin American country to legalize marijuana after its lower house of Congress approved a bill to regulate and sanction the consumption of pot. Uruguay's upper house, the Senate, still must pass the measure, but analysts believe the government-led majority favors the law and that it will be approved by October. President Jose Mujica is a strong proponent of the measure, though polls have shown a majority of Uruguayans oppose it. The 50-46 vote in the capital, Montevideo, late Wednesday came as legalization or decriminalization of drugs increasingly is debated among Latin American leaders who see the U.S.-led war on drugs as a failure.
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April 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Uruguay is poised to become the second country in South America that allows gay marriage, after lawmakers approved a bill despite the objections of the Roman Catholic Church. President Jose Mujica is widely expected to sign the “equal marriage law,” which the nation's Congress approved Wednesday. The bill removes references to “husband and wife” in marriage contracts, substituting a gender-neutral term, and also allows couples of the same sex to adopt children. “A marriage is a union of two people who love each other,” leftist lawmaker Sebastian Sabini said Wednesday, according to El Observador . ”Nothing more and nothing less.” Before the vote, Catholic bishops in Uruguay said that the law “jeopardizes the rights of the child” and went beyond protecting the rights of gay couples to “assimilate these situations into marriage.” The bishops quoted the words of Pope Francis, who opposed gay marriage while serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina, writing, “The identity and survival of the family is at stake.” Gay marriage opponents lost that fight in Argentina, the first country on the continent to allow same-sex couples to wed, and now appear to have lost it in Uruguay as well.
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March 5, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
News of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leftist leader who had been battling cancer, reverberated Tuesday around Latin America and the world. In La Paz, Bolivia, a teary-eyed Bolivian President Evo Morales said he was devastated, his voice breaking as he spoke, the national news agency reported. He heralded Chavez as a revolutionary and a brother who “gave his whole life for the liberation of the Venezuelan people, of the Latin American people.” Ecuador, another ally of Venezuela, issued a statement lamenting Chavez's death, saying the legacy he left would continue strengthening their relations.
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December 10, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In a bold and controversial move, Uruguay on Tuesday became the first country to legalize marijuana and make it a farm-to-table state business. President Jose Mujica championed the bill that narrowly passed the Chamber of Senators, arguing that "the repressive path has failed" to discourage drug use. Despite penalties for buying or selling marijuana, its consumption has grown and served to enrich the criminals who control illegal trade, he said....
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April 13, 2011 | By Marc B. Haefele
Last month, one of Latin America's top journalism prizes went to a man whose only known investigative coup was a recent finding that capitalism may have destroyed life on Mars. Yes, none other than Hugo Chavez, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, waltzed off with the Rodolfo Walsh Prize, given by Argentina's National University de la Plata and named after one of the 20th century's genuine martyrs to the profession. It was hard not to suppose that the honor was promoted by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who has lately chosen to play Tonto to Chavez's neo-socialist Lone Ranger.
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March 2, 2005 | Hector Tobar and Andres D'Alessandro, Times Staff Writers
Tabare Vazquez, a leftist former cancer specialist, was inaugurated as Uruguay's president Tuesday, promising to bring help to the poor in a country still recovering from the worst recession in its history. Vazquez, who was raised in an impoverished neighborhood of Montevideo as the son of an oil refinery worker, said he would move quickly to implement a $100-million "social emergency" program to aid the indigent and unemployed.
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August 21, 2013 | By Peter Hakim and Cameron Combs
The United States' take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It is expected soon to be the only nation to legalize the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana on a national scale. President Obama has said on several occasions that "legalization is not the answer.
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