A right-of-center president took office in Uruguay on Sunday, promising to crack down on crime and tighten government finances after a 15-year string of left-leaning governments.
Luis Lacalle Pou, a 46-year-old surfing enthusiast and son of a former president, narrowly won the election in November in his second try for the top office.
Lacalle Pou thanked outgoing President Tabaré Vázquez who gave him the presidential sash.
“The country has built a democracy with this ceremony,” he said, celebrating the seventh presidential change since the restoration of democracy in 1985.
Lacalle Pou inherits a country of nearly 3.4 million people that had grown steadily under read more >>>