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 on: Oct 28, 2014, 05:47 AM 
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'Security Breach' Concern after Man Runs into British PM

by Naharnet Newsdesk
27 October 2014, 21:00

British police ordered a review of an "incident" on Monday in which a man ran into Prime Minister David Cameron after he had given a speech in an apparent breach of security.

Cameron was seen in video images backing away from a man with long dreadlocks running towards him and then being rushed to his car as the man was hustled away by security officers.

The police said in a statement that the 28-year-old was arrested by officers but later released without charge, following the incident in Leeds in northern England.

The unit responsible for the prime minister's protection "will now conduct a review of the incident," it said.

Cameron played down the security scare by thanking his bodyguards and making a joking reference to former deputy prime minister John Prescott, who punched a protester in 2001.

"John Prescott was in the room as I gave the speech so as I left the room, I thought the moment of maximum danger had probably passed. But clearly that wasn't the case," he said.

Police said in a tweet there was "nothing sinister" and it was "just a man in the wrong place at the wrong time".

They were quoted as saying that the man, who was wearing headphones, a tracksuit and sports shoes, may have been a runner jogging to a nearby gym.

But Conservative lawmaker Mark Pritchard said that the incident was "a clear breach of security and could have been far more sinister in outcome".

Source: Agence France Presse

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 on: Oct 28, 2014, 05:38 AM 
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Bosnian Vote Results Confirm Victory of Nationalists

by Naharnet Newsdesk
27 October 2014, 19:02

Bosnian Muslim, Croat and Serb nationalist parties won the country's three-man presidency and dominate in both central and regional parliaments, final results of this month's general elections showed on Monday.

Bakir Izetbegovic of the main Muslim SDA party won his second four-year mandate in the collective presidency, according to the results announced by the central election commission.

The Serb seat will be held by Mladen Ivanic, former Bosnian foreign minister and candidate of a coalition led by the nationalists Serb Democratic Party, while head of the nationalist Croat HDZ, Dragan Covic, will represent ethnic Croats.

Under the complex Bosnian system, on October 11 voters also chose members of the central parliament as well as deputies of the assemblies that oversee the country's two semi-autonomous halves.

The two post-war entities -- the Serbs' Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation -- each have their own government and are linked by weak central institutions.

The SDA was the leading force in the 42-seat central parliament, the results showed.

The party won 10 seats, while the nationalist Serb SNSD and Croat HDZ party will have six and four deputies respectively.

The three nationalist parties should try to form a government with the support of other minor groupings, but other coalitions were also possible.

The international community urged the newly-elected deputies to form a government as soon as possible and start with reforms blocked for years due to inter-ethnic political wrangling.

Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik won his second term as Republika Srpska president, while his SNSD party, which has been ruling the entity since 2006, said it would form the region's government.

Immediately after the first election results were announced, local political analysts warned that the nationalist slide reflected disillusionment with what is seen as the country's corrupt and inefficient political class.

They also estimated that such an outcome would not help Bosnia fix its internal problems or speed up its aspirations to join the European Union.

Bosnia remains on of the poorest countries in Europe, and unemployment here is running at 44 percent.

In February mass protests broke out against the government's failure to fight graft and enact EU-sought reforms.

Bosnia's 1992-1995 war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives.

Source: Agence France Presse

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 on: Oct 28, 2014, 05:36 AM 
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Ukraine election a win for president and allies, early count suggests

Count of nearly two-thirds of votes gives Yatseniyuk’s People’s Front a vote share of 21.58% and Poroshenko’s bloc 21.40%

Shaun Walker in Kiev
The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014 22.44 GMT   
 
Two pro-European parties will dominate Ukraine’s new parliament, results from Sunday’s poll suggested, with the groups loyal to the president, Petro Poroshenko, and the prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, each winning more than 21% of the vote.

Addressing the nation late on Sunday evening, Poroshenko said voters had backed “a democratic, reformist, pro-Ukrainian and pro-European majority” and that the vote would help end the crisis in the east of the country.

“The majority of voters were in favour of the political forces that support the president’s peace plan and seek a political solution to the situation in the Donbass,” said Poroshenko.

With nearly two-thirds of the votes counted, the central election commission gave Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front a vote share of 21.58%, fractionally ahead of Poroshenko’s bloc, on 21.40%.

The result suggest that Poroshenko, a billionaire chocolate tycoon, will probably continue working in tandem with Yatsenyuk, who has been more hawkish on Russia than the president but is considered a safe pair of hands for the economy.

Barack Obama accused Russia of sabotaging the vote with its annexation of Crimea and involvement in hostilities in east Ukraine.

“It is clear that Russian authorities occupying Crimea, and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine, prevented many Ukrainian citizens from exercising their democratic rights to participate in national elections and cast their votes,” the US president said.

In the east, polling stations did not open in the areas controlled by separatists, designated as new “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The breakaway statelets have said they will hold their own elections this coming Sunday, and vow they will never be part of Ukraine again. Russia has stopped short of recognising their independence, but is believed to have supplied financial, logistical and military support.

Russia has called the Maidan revolution an armed coup and suggested that Ukraine is now a neo-fascist state, but there was a conciliatory note from Moscow on Monday morning, with the deputy foreign minister, Georgy Karasin, saying Russia would recognise the result in the elections.

“We are waiting for the official results, because there is a lot of contradictory information around, but it’s already clear that despite the harsh and dirty campaign, the elections are valid,” he said. “The balance of power that will come out of this will hopefully allow the Ukrainian leadership to seriously deal with the fundamental problems in society.”

Kiev would argue that one of the most fundamental problems over the past few months has been Russia’s active support for the rebels in the east of the country, at key moments backing them up with regular Russian troops, something Russia has always denied despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

A number of other parties cleared the 5% threshold required to enter parliament, including the Opposition Bloc, made up of allies of the former president Viktor Yanukovych, which polled nearly 10% of the vote.

Yanukovych fled the country in February after the Maidan revolution, setting off a chain of events that would see Crimea annexed by Russia and violent conflict break out in the east.

Other parties that looked set to make it into parliament included the Fatherland party of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which secured just 6% of the vote, according to early results, and the Samopomich party, mainly made up of former Maidan activists.

The controversial Radical party of Oleh Lyashko, who has made a name for himself with his unorthodox and potentially illegal escapades in the conflict in the east, and whose party symbol is a pitchfork, also made it into parliament, but other nationalist and far-right parties appear to have failed.

The new parliament is likely to contain many former Maidan activists, along with investigative journalists, war veterans and members of volunteer battalions who had been on the party lists for a number of parties.

The hope is that Ukrainian politics will finally turn a corner and shed the backroom dealmaking and oligarchic control that have characterised it since independence.

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Russia backs separatist vote in Ukraine

Kiev accuses Moscow of violating shaky peace deal after foreign minister Sergei Lavrov vows to recognise polls in eastern region

Agence France-Presse in Moscow
The Guardian, Tuesday 28 October 2014 11.11 GMT      

Russia has announced it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, fuelling tensions with the country’s newly elected pro-western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government.

The rebel elections on Sunday should go ahead as agreed, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said. “We will of course recognise the results,” he told the Izvestia daily on Tuesday.

Moscow rejects accusations in Kiev and western capitals that it is behind the armed uprising in Ukraine’s industrial heartland, which has left 3,700 people dead since April.

However, the decision to lend legitimacy to the rebels’ vote was one of the most overt acts of support so far for the two unrecognised “people’s republics” insurgents are carving out in eastern Ukraine.

Senior Ukrainian foreign ministry official Dmytro Kuleba said Moscow was violating the peace deal it had sponsored in Minsk in September, ushering in an uneasy truce.

“Russia’s intentions directly contradict the Minsk accord, undermine the agreed process on deescalation and peaceful resolution, and continue to weaken trust in it [Russia] as a reliable international partner,” Kuleba said, calling the separatists terrorists.

The row followed an increase in ceasefire violations, including artillery exchanges, in the wake of last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, where pro-western president Petro Poroshenko’s allies won a convincing victory.

Artillery explosions and small arms fire could be heard into the early hours of Tuesday, an AFP correspondent in rebel-controlled Donetsk said.

The situation in Ukraine was to be discussed later on Tuesday in Brussels, where EU states were reviewing sanctions imposed on Russia.

The EU sanctions, coupled with similar measures by the US, are meant to pressure Russia over its backing for the rebels and its annexation of Ukraine’s Black Sea province of Crimea in March.

The sanctions have bitten deeply into the faltering Russian economy and spurred the kind of east-west tensions last seen during the cold war.

Kiev and its western backers consider the six-month uprising and the seizure of Crimea an attempt by Russian president Vladimir Putin to prevent Ukraine from reorientating itself toward the west.

Moscow, which has a large naval base on the strategic Crimean peninsula, says it only wants to help Russian speakers – a majority in Crimea and the east – who feel threatened by Ukrainian nationalism.

With almost 85% of ballots counted from Sunday’s parliamentary poll, the shape of Poroshenko’s future ruling alliance was becoming clearer.

His Petro Poroshenko bloc remained a hair’s breadth behind prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s people’s front, with about 22% of the vote each. The third-placed Self-Reliance party, likewise nationalist and pro-western, could join in a three-way coalition. Yatsenyuk is expected to remain as prime minister.

One of Poroshenko’s main policies is to make peace with the separatists, granting them autonomy, though not independence. That task looked harder than ever with the rebel elections approaching and their boycott of last Sunday’s elections to the national parliament.

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Obama Congratulates Ukrainians on 'Successful' Elections

by Naharnet Newsdesk
27 October 2014, 19:37

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday hailed "successful" Ukrainian elections that saw pro-Westerners score a big win in parliament, and blasted Russia for preventing voters in the east from casting their ballots.

Politicians were hard at work to build a ruling coalition, with initial results showing Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc neck and neck with about 22 percent of votes each.

"On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Ukraine on holding successful parliamentary elections on October 26," Obama said in a statement.

"Yesterday's parliamentary vote represents another important milestone in Ukraine's democratic development. We look forward to the convening of the new parliament and the quick formation of a strong, inclusive government."

Observers from the pan-European Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the election, held in challenging conditions, "largely upheld democratic commitments."

But in a fiery reminder of the hurdles Poroshenko faces, an election-period lull in the rebel-held east ended early Monday in a barrage of artillery fire.

Critical of alleged Russian obstructionism in the restive east, Obama called on Moscow to ensure its "proxies" in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk would allow voters to cast their ballots in December 7 local elections.

"It is clear that Russian authorities occupying Crimea and Russian-backed separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine prevented many Ukrainian citizens from exercising their democratic rights to participate in national elections and cast their votes," he said.

"The United States will not recognize any election held in separatist-held areas that does not comport with Ukrainian law and is not held with the express consent and under the authority of the Ukrainian government."

Obama vowed to support Ukraine's efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict in the east and the return of the Crimean Peninsula, which Russian troops annexed in March.

Moscow says it is simply coming to the aid of Russian speakers who feel threatened by Ukraine's lurch toward the West.

In response, the United States and European Union have imposed damaging economic sanctions on Moscow, fueling the kind of East-West tensions last seen in the Cold War.

Source: Agence France Presse

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Ukraine Rebel City Residents Live Underground for Months

by Naharnet Newsdesk
28 October 2014, 07:12

Ever since fierce shelling in east Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk forced her to flee her home four months ago, Svetlana, a grandmother, has been living underground.

"I've spent four months in this bomb shelter," she said, cradling her 19-month-old grandson. "Whenever I go out, I risk being killed by a shell."

Standing around her in the musty basement of a 1930s apartment block are some 100 other people, mainly women, who have sought refuge from the fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. 

To reach the shelter you have to enter a small wooden hut and climb down a few meters and past thick blackout curtains.

Benches have been turned into makeshift beds with the help of piled bedspreads. Clothes hang on the wall along with a few toys and a football for the 15-odd children living here.

"It's like being in prison," Svetlana tells Agence France Presse. "Some people's nerves are in shreds."

- 'We came here to escape death' -

Those in the shelter say they did not have the means to escape their violence-wracked hometown.

"We have 96 people in this shelter. At the start, there were 250 of us," said 49-year-old Irina, whose shop burnt down after being shelled.

"Those who could, those who had the money, have left Donetsk." 

"I've lost everything. My husband worked in a mine but it has closed. We are surviving on humanitarian aid."

Irina has also lived in the shelter for four months with her husband, her daughter and her 7-year-old grandson.

"Twice, we tried to go back to our house to collect our things. But each time we came under shellfire. Two women didn't have time to run to the shelter and were killed in front of my grandson," Irina said.

"We came here to escape death."

Life is difficult in the packed shelter and some find it hard to control their emotions and snap at times.

"It's difficult for everyone. We have an 87-year-old grandmother and some small children," said Svetlana.

"No one knows when they wake up whether they will still be alive at the end of the day," she said, trying to calm a woman who ranted about being "shut up in a cage, not knowing how much longer this will go on."

"Some of the children have become less scared.  They think that shelling is something ordinary. But they want to go outside and that's dangerous," said 67-year-old Valentina Filippovna.

"Yesterday we had just started a game of football with the children when the bombardment started again," said Valentina, looking on as three children coloured in pictures, sitting quietly around a table.

Outside the shelter, some warmly wrapped-up women were cooking on a camp fire, taking advantage of a brief lull and paying no attention to shelling in the distance. To one side, laundry dried on lines stretched between trees.

"We have cold water. We heat it up in kettles when we have electricity," said Svetlana, saying she was also worried about the approach of winter.

 - Winter fears - 

The temperature has now fallen to below freezing at night and is not more than 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day. And there is no heating in the basement.

"The shelling often damages the power lines. That's why we've lived for more than a month without electricity. We used miners' lamps and candles," Svetlana said.

Around the shelter, roughly a dozen rebel soldiers guarded an area deserted by residents and where numerous houses have been destroyed.

"The Ukrainian artillery is around 2 kilometres from here. They fire from tanks with mortars and artillery," said Alexei, a rebel in his 30s.

Asked whether the winter would be a tough test for the fighters, Alexei was defiant.

"More like for the Ukrainians! We are in our own land, in cities, but they have to live outside in the  countryside," Alexei said.

Source: Agence France Presse

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 04:34 PM 
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Thank you Linda.

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 03:12 PM 
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Linda, the 32 year cycle is very interesting.  Are you saying that within those 32 years, in each cycle, the pattern is always unique?

Patterns will emerge only after examining hundreds of years of conjunctions.


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How does this relate to the Venus Star Point pattern as well?

In a 32 year period, 5 Venus-Mars conjunctions will be Retrograde, and 20 will be Direct. The 5 retrogrades of Venus in 8 years appear as a 5 pointed star or rosette pattern.


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Also, what did you mean by "'return' to next conjunction?"

Venus and Mars return to meet up again at the conjunction, after completing a cycle of development together. 


Resources for further study:

Aberrations in the Venus-Mars Cycle by Robert P. Blaschke - August 9, 2010 - The Mountain Astrologer:
http://mountainastrologer.com/tma/aberrations-in-the-venus-mars-cycle

"Cycles of Becoming" by Alexander Ruperti

"The Sacred Dance of Venus and Mars" by Michele Finey

"An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases" by Dane Rudhyar

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 11:37 AM 
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Thank you both Linda and SW,

First, as an aside, I am expecting the birth of my first grandchild the February timeframe.  I will be able to give first hand data as to what that planetary signature looks like. Smiley

Linda, the 32 year cycle is very interesting.  Are you saying that within those 32 years, in each cycle, the pattern is always unique? How does this relate to the Venus Star Point pattern as well? Also, what did you mean by "'return' to next conjunction?"

Blessings and gratitude,

Daniel

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 08:09 AM 
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Hi Ohjoolly,

Let me know what you are having difficulty understanding and I will try to help you understand.

All the best

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 08:06 AM 
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Hi Daniel and Linda,

Linda,

Thanks for the info, I wasn´t aware of these cycles. What is interesting, to me at least, is the fact that the Aries conjunction in February will also have the Moon and Uranus and the S.Node of the Moon all within orb of a conjunction. Look at the Souls that will be born with that energy signature!

Daniel,

As usual with EA what we try to look into is the evolutionary intention of any given circumstance. Looking at one´s chart we look at the transiting Venus to natal Mars to determine when and what we will complete (balsamic conjunction) and then initiate (new phase conjunction) within our own personal cycles relative to how we satisfy our needs within relationships. The new phase conjunction can for example, correlate with a time frame in which we initiate a new relationship with someone or something, a relationship which has a strong degree of passion and physical expression.

The cycle of Venus also correlates to the relationship towards our own self, which just like everything else, also evolves. It correlates to our needs as they themselves evolve, then we project those needs onto others in order to satisfy them within relationships of various kinds.

All the best

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 06:02 AM 
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In the USA...United Surveillance America

McConnell Reeling After 2 Biggest Newspapers In Kentucky Endorse Alison Lundergan Grimes

By: Jason Easley
PoliticusUSA
Sunday, October, 26th, 2014, 11:18 am      

In strong editorials, the two largest newspapers in Kentucky have both endorsed Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes over Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Senate election.

The Lexington Herald-Leader’s editorial board wrote,

McConnell does have power. He commands a perpetual-motion money machine; dollars flow in, favors flow out.

The problem is how McConnell uses his power. He has repeatedly hurt the country to advance his political strategy.

McConnell has sabotaged jobs and transportation bills, even as Kentucky’s unemployment exceeds the nation’s and an Interstate 75 bridge crumbles over the Ohio River. He blocked tax credits for companies that move jobs back to this country while preserving breaks for those that move jobs overseas. He opposed extending unemployment benefits, while bemoaning the “jobless” recovery. He brags about resolving crises that he helped create.

The Senate may never recover from the bitter paralysis McConnell has inflicted through record filibusters that allow his minority to rule by obstruction.

Kentuckians can’t do much to stop a Supreme Court majority that’s enabling the corrosion of our democracy by unlimited, secret contributions, in court cases bearing McConnell’s stamp.

Kentuckians can send a powerful message on Nov. 4 and carve out a better future by retiring McConnell and making Grimes their senator.

The Courier-Journal editorial board’s endorsement of Grimes was significant, because that is where the “scandal” over her refusal to disclose who she voted for in 2012 blew up.

The C-J editorial board wrote,

More discouraging — and most important to voters — is that he appears lacking a vision for Kentucky or the country as a whole. Rather, his decades-long drive to increase his power and political standing has resulted in this campaign based on his boast that if he is re-elected and Republicans win a Senate majority, he would become Senate majority leader. Some voters believe Kentucky will benefit from keeping Mr. McConnell in such a national leadership position, but we believe that alone is not a reason for giving him another term.

Both candidates have failed the voters through limited access, rote talking points, slickly packaged appearances and a barrage of attack ads that at best are misleading and at worst, outright false.

But Ms. Grimes has laid out positions on a number of issues that matter to voters, ones that separate her from her opponent.

Kentucky needs a U.S. senator who sees a higher calling than personal ambition and a greater goal than self-aggrandizement. For those reasons and for her evident potential, we endorse Ms. Grimes for election on Nov. 4.

Both of the endorsements of Grimes are particularly stinging for McConnell because they represent a rejection of his strategy that was designed to make the Kentucky election all about President Obama. The editorial boards made it clear that in their view, this contest is a referendum on Sen. McConnell. The incumbent’s naked lust for personal political power has been the motivating force behind his campaign.

McConnell has no agenda for Kentucky. The thirty-year incumbent has no plans to do anything for the state. Kentucky is nothing more than the vehicle that Mitch McConnell is using in his quest to become Senate Majority Leader. The two endorsements cut right to the heart of the matter. Kentucky has a chance to elect a candidate who has a vision for the future of her state. At age 72, Sen. McConnell’s only visions are of himself as Majority Leader.

Sen. McConnell has amassed a huge amount of political power. He could have used that power to help Kentuckians. What he chose to do with that power speaks volumes about his priorities. Instead of working with Democrats to help the people back home, McConnell put every ounce of his energy and effort into turning the once formidable Senate into a machine of dysfunction that is nearly incapable of working in the manner that the Founders intended.

The national political media have been blinded by McConnell’s power and longevity. They are refusing to see what is happening on the ground in Kentucky. McConnell’s money and influence may be enough to keep him hanging on, but both editorials echoed the feelings of millions of voters in the state who are ready for a change.

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 on: Oct 27, 2014, 05:47 AM 
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Exit Polls: Uruguay Vote Headed for Runoff

by Naharnet Newsdesk
27 October 2014, 07:02

Leftist former president Tabare Vazquez and his center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou will head into a November 30 runoff after Sunday's presidential vote failed to deliver an outright winner, exit polls showed.

President Jose Mujica will be succeeded either by his Broad Front ally Vazquez, who earned 46 percent of votes, or the National Party's Lacalle Pou, who garnered 31 percent, according to exit polls.

Some Vazquez supporters had hoped he could squeeze out an absolute majority, but he fell short. In a surprise twist, results from legislative elections showed the Broad Front could win an absolute majority in parliament, a prospect which analysts had considered unlikely.

After preliminary results were announced, thousands of Broad Front supporters filled July 18 Avenue, the main street in downtown Montevideo, honking horns and waving flags.

The election was touted as possibly deciding the fate of Uruguay's world-first marijuana law. It legalized the drug, and aimed to establish a regulated market in which users could grow it at home, buy it from pharmacies or source it from "cannabis clubs."

The law, Mujica's landmark legislative initiative, was passed last December. But implementation is off to a rocky start, and it faces an uncertain future because Lacalle Pou opposes the law.

And even Vazquez, who made anti-smoking legislation the centerpiece of his own presidency, has questioned it and said he would not hesitate to make changes.

"I figured the voting results would go more or less this way," Mujica said on Uruguayan television Sunday evening.

Surrounded by supporters, Mujica -- a former leftist guerrilla famous for living in a humble farmhouse while president and donating most of his salary to charity -- was one of the first to vote in the Cerro neighborhood west of the capital Montevideo.

He arrived in his old Volkswagen Beetle, accompanied by his wife, Senator Lucia Topolansky, vowing: "The country will come out ahead."

Vazquez, 74, is out to reprise his 2004 election win, which ended 174 years of dominance by the South American country's two traditional parties, Pedro Bordaberry's Colorados (Reds) and Lacalle Pou's Blancos (Whites, now officially called the National Party).

Lacalle Pou will need Bordaberry's votes if he hopes to succeed in the second round.

"The hope is still there... We are going to be talking with everyone," Lacalle Pou said Sunday evening at National Party headquarters, shortly before receiving an endorsement from the Colorados, who are backing him in the name of "change."

- Decade of reforms -

After 10 years in power, the Broad Front (FA) clearly has lost some of its shine with voters -- a feeling exit polls backed up.

Vazquez ran as the candidate of change when he won office in 2004, cruising to victory in a single round as voters punished the two traditional parties for the region's 2002 economic crisis.

He left office with a 60-percent approval rating after getting the economy back on track, passing tough anti-smoking legislation and launching a program to give every public school student a laptop.

When Mujica took office, he took the progressive reform agenda up a notch, legalizing both abortion and marijuana.

But though the FA has presided over 10 years of economic growth -- 4.4 percent last year -- and falling poverty, it has lost popularity mainly because of rising crime, inflation and complaints about the education system.

"I was very afraid of losing," but now "I'm happy because we worked months for the Broad Front to win," Irina Goldman, 21, whose face was panted the party's red, blue and white colors, told AFP.

- Bordaberry out -

Vazquez now looks set to face a runoff against dynamic young newcomer Lacalle Pou.

The son of a former president, Lacalle Pou, 41, shot up in the polls after unexpectedly winning the National Party primary in June, running on a platform of "positivity" and "fresh air."

"We're very happy with the campaign," he said before casting his ballot.

Bordaberry, 54, the son of a president-turned-dictator who did away with democratic rule in 1973, had trailed in pre-vote polls with 15 to 18 percent. On Sunday, he did not make the cut.

Marring an otherwise incident-free election day, police said two men were killed outside Montevideo when a party banner they were trying to hang touched a high-tension wire, electrocuting them.

Source: Agence France Presse

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