The ruling centre-left coalition Frente Amplio (Broad Front) has won the municipal elections in Montevideo for the sixth consecutive time. The new “intendente” or head of the municipal government will be the Socialist Party candidate and former minister of industry, energy and mining, Daniel Martínez, who captured 32% of the votes. Lucía Topolansky, a senator and wife of former president José Mujica, was the candidate for the Movement for Popular Participation (MPP), and received only 17% of the votes.
In the country’s 18 other departments, the balance of political power remained largely the same as in the 2010 local elections, except for a few changes. The Frente Amplio scored victories in six departments, including Salto, Paysandú and Río Negro on the Argentine border, as compared to five in the previous elections, while the conservative National Party took 12 departments, and the liberal Colorado Party took one.