Tabaré Vázquez, training oncologist, says he will be admitted in the next few days to start a treatment
The election campaign for the October presidential elections has stopped dead in Uruguay when it is learned that President Tabaré Vázquez has a pulmonary nodule, probably malignant, and will be admitted to a hospital where he will be tested. The president buried his wife only 20 days ago, María Auxiliadora Delgado, 79, with four children in common, who died of a heart attack. Vázquez, an oncologist by profession, personally announced at a press conference that he has a “right pulmonary nodule with very firm characteristics that it can be a malignant process” and added that he will undergo studies this week to determine a definitive diagnosis.
“I feel perfectly fine. I have not had any symptoms,” Vazquez said at the presidency headquarters after a meeting with his ministers. As soon as the news is known, social networks have been filled with messages. Luis Lacalle Pou, presidential candidate of the National Party (right,) main opposition formation, has shown his support for the president. From the official Frente Amplio, the signs of solidarity have rained.
Discreet and low profile, Tabaré Vázquez is a unique president in Latin America: he measures his public appearances a lot, speaks little and does not use social networks to communicate. His repeated absences caused special surprise this year, when the press noted that in the first four months of 2019 he had only made statements once.
“When a president speaks, a country speaks and the president can only come in to say the things that matter to people,” said the Uruguayan president, paraphrasing François Mitterrand (French president between 1981 and 1995), who He has confessed admirer. Vázquez does not have the international popularity enjoyed by former guerrilla José Mujica, but in his country he has as much or more significance than his predecessor. Tabaré, as the Uruguayan commons calls it, was the first left-wing president in Uruguay’s history and during his first term (2005-2010) carried out important economic and social reforms. His second term ends in March 2020.
The Uruguayan president has been awarded numerous times for his fight against tobacco, being distinguished by the World Health Organization. He promoted restrictive legislation for consumption, which promoted a million-dollar claim by Philip Morris against Uruguay before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In 2016, the court ruled in favor of the Rio de Janeiro country and forced the tobacco company to pay the expenses of the process.