Hispanic-American leaders from across the political spectrum said goodbye to former leftist Uruguayan president Tabaré Vázquez, who died at age 80 from lung cancer.
A prominent figure on the left in the region, Vázquez was the first president of the left-wing Frente Amplio (FA) coalition and one of three Uruguayan politicians to occupy the presidential seat twice (2005-2010 and 2015-2020).
– “The death of my very dear Tabaré Vázquez causes me enormous pain,” said Argentine President Alberto Fernández on Twitter. “True to his convictions, he put a hinge on allowing progressivism to come to the government of Uruguay. I join the regret of those people who today mourn him and hug his loved ones.”
– “Our heartfelt condolences to the family of former President Tabaré Vázquez and to the Uruguayan people,” said the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdó Benítez. “I had the honor of forging a friendship with him during his presidency. He was a great person, a distinguished political leader, a promoter of regional integration. May he rest in peace.”
– “Committed to his country, he governed with and for the citizens. His administration leaves in Uruguay an enormous legacy of rights and social policies,” said the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez.
– “Great regret for the disappearance of a democratic ruler and an open-minded politician,” wrote former Uruguayan president Julio María Sanguinetti, of the Colorado Party (center-right), who also held power for two terms (1985-1990 and 1995-2000 ). “As Colorados we greet him with respect and solidarity for his entire family,” he added.
– “I am very sorry for the death of former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez,” said Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández. His arrival to the presidency “helped to consolidate the ideal of the Great Homeland. My condolences to his family and friends,” he added on Twitter.
– “I was lucky enough to enjoy the relationship with former President Tabaré Vázquez. A gentleman of politics left, an honest leader with common sense who strengthened ties with Argentina and Mercosur. My respect for his memory and my affection for his family and the Uruguayan people, “said former Argentine president Mauricio Macri, whose administration coincided with the last administration of Vázquez.
– Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva posted a photo that shows him with Vázquez, with the caption: “Today I lost a dear friend of mine and of Brazil.” “We were presidents at the same time and I only have good memories of their performance for the cooperation and integration of South America,” he added.
– “Our heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the Uruguayan people and with the family for the sensitive death of our brother and former president, Tabaré Vázquez, who always supported the democratic process in #Bolivia and condemned the coup,” said the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales.
– “A dear brother and teacher left, a deeply good human being. Uruguay and the Great Homeland are in mourning. Thank you Tabaré for everything and therefore. A huge hug to your family. Even history always!” former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa.
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