In the elections for departmental (provincial) governments, the ruling Frente Amplio (Broad Front), a leftist coalition, has experienced a significant loss of votes. Of the country’s 19 departments, only five – Montevideo, Canelones, Maldonado, Rocha and Artigas – will be governed by the Frente Amplio. The National Party captured the majority of votes in 12 departments, while the Colorado Party took the remaining two.
In Montevideo, the local government will be led for the first time ever by a woman, Ana Olivera of the Communist Party, despite the Frente Amplio’s steep drop in votes (46% as compared to 61% in the 2005 elections). This was the first time that the leftist coalition garnered fewer votes than in previous years.