Montevideo, Nov 17 (EFE).- The mayor of Montevideo, Carolina Cosse, made official this Friday her presidential candidacy for the left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) coalition, ahead of Uruguay’s national elections in October 2024.
In an event held at the Club Atlético Cordón in the Uruguayan capital, Cosse, who served in the third FA government, under the second term of Tabaré Vázquez (2005-2010 and 2015-2020) as Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, agreed to be a pre-candidate due to her political strength.
“It is an act of great respect, it is not before the cameras that the Frente Amplistas assume responsibilities, it is with the people, among the people. That is why I come to tell you that yes, you can count on me,” he said in his speech, in which He described the coalition government of center-right Luis Lacalle Pou as a “specialist in pretexts.”
The engineer, who was also president of the state telecommunications company Antel between 2010 and 2015, during the Government of José Mujica, already has the support of 14 sectors that make up the coalition founded in 1971, among which are the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, Espacio 1001 and Casa Grande.
According to the local press, the already pre-candidate will ask for leave (vacation) from her current position in March 2024 to fully dedicate herself to the electoral campaign and fulfill a promise she made before being elected mayor that she would serve the scheduled five years.
In the internal contest of the FA, Cosse faces the also mayor, but for the department (province) of Canelones (south), Yamandú Orsi, whose pre-candidacy was made official last March by the Popular Participation Movement (MPP) led by the former president Mujica, who sponsors him as his candidate.
In 2019, an alliance with the Colorado Party, the Independent Party, the People’s Party and Cabildo Abierto, from the center and right, guaranteed the victory of Luis Lacalle Pou, the candidate of the conservative National Party, against the Frente Amplista Daniel Martínez.
Thus, the so-called “multicolor coalition” put an end to 15 years of consecutive FA governments in Uruguay, which in 2024 will hold a new mandatory voting election to elect its next government in which Lacalle Pou is ruled out as a candidate for the ruling party, since The Constitution does not support immediate re-election.