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Uruguayans choose ex-leader, presidential sons as candidates

Uruguayans have chosen an ex-president and the sons of two former leaders as candidates for the country's leading parties in the upcoming October presidential elections.

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayans have chosen an ex-president and the sons of two former leaders as candidates for the country's leading parties in the upcoming October presidential elections.

Exit polls in Sunday's primary vote show that members of the ruling leftist Broad Front (FA) overwhelmingly chose 74-year-old ex-president Tabare Vazquez (2005-2010) as their candidate.

Outgoing 79-year-old President Jose Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla and FA stalwart, is barred by the constitution from running for a second consecutive five-year term.

The FA has been in power since 2005 in this small South American nation, and is hoping to both continue that streak and maintain its legislative majority.

However, the leftist coalition will face stiff opposition from 40-year-old Luis Lacalle Pou, the candidate for the National Party and the son of former president Luis Alberto Lacalle (1990-1995).

The country's third main political group, the Colorado Party, chose as its candidate 54-year-old Senator Pedro Bordaberry, the son of María Bordaberry, a military-supported dictator in power 1972-1976.

Bordaberry senior was sentenced in 2011 to 30 years prison for his roles in dictatorship crimes, and died in 2011.

Turnout among the country's 2.7 million voters was around 38 per cent, according to exit polls.

While official results have not been announced, party members have not challenged the results.

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