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20 Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez died at age 80

The Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez, who was in command of the country for two periods (2005-2010 and 2015-2020), He died at dawn this Sunday at the age of 80, after suffering from lung cancerhis family reported.

« With deep sorrow we communicate the death of our dear father » at three in the morning « Due to natural causes of his oncological disease »said a statement from his sons Álvaro, Javier and Ignacio Vázquez.

On twitter, Álvaro Vázquez, an oncologist by profession like his father, indicated that « while he was resting at home, accompanied by some family and friends, because of his illness, Tabaré died. »

« On behalf of the family, we want to thank all Uruguayans for the affection received by him over so many years »added.

Tabaré Vázquez, oncologist and former leader of the local soccer club Progreso, He was the first candidate of the leftist coalition Frente Amplio (FA) to become the mayor of Montevideo in 1989, and to the presidency -after two failed attempts- in 2005, breaking with the hegemony of the traditional Colorado Party and National Party.

The FA also reported on Twitter « with deep pain » the death of its « honorary president, Tabaré Vázquez ». « His example of political integrity and unwavering commitment to our country and the people will drive us to continue his legacy, » he stressed.

In the statement, Vázquez’s family members indicated that, Due to the protocols for the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to « not hold a wake ». « His children and grandchildren will see him off in a reserved and intimate ceremony, » they explained.

At 1:00 p.m. local time (same time in Chile) a funeral procession will depart from the Esplanade of the Municipal Administration of Montevideo, in the center of the capital, towards the La Teja Cemetery, the ex-president’s neighborhood, where he will also be buried in an intimate ceremony.

« We urge the population to accompany us in these events from their homes through journalistic coverage »their relatives urged.

Likewise, they « earnestly » requested « those who choose to greet the procession in person to do so from the sidewalks, avoiding crowds, maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks and taking all the sanitary measures established by the competent authorities. »

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