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Uruguay's president-elect Jose Mujica keeps a low profile after his victory

November 30, 2009 |  9:02 pm

Former leftist guerrilla Jose "Pepe" Mujica reportedly kept a low profile today after winning Uruguay's presidential election.

The president-elect said spending a lot of time talking after a campaign of speeches would amount to "raining on what is already wet," the Associated Press reported.

Mujica won about 53% of the vote Sunday, while former President Luis A. Lacalle received about 43%, according to media reports.

Mujica, a senator who campaigned as a consensus builder, was a co-founder of the Tupamaro guerrilla movement, which caused extensive chaos during the 1960s. Mujica previously served as minister of livestock, agriculture and fisheries under President Tabare Vázquez.

In Honduras, businessman Porfirio Lobo beat Elvin Santos for the presidency and declared that the election had ended the crisis resulting from the June coup against President Manuel Zelaya.

— Efrain Hernandez Jr.

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