The Mayor Who Wants to Be Uruguay’s President

By Carina Novarese

Yamandú Orsi leads Uruguay's second-biggest city, but his ambitions don't stop there.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on Latin American mayors. CANELONES, Uruguay -- Yamandú Orsi fits the classic image of a Uruguayan, said Alfredo Garcé, a well-known political scientist and professor at Universidad de la República: moderate, open to dialogue, with the right amount of city and the right amount of countryside. And he isn’t hiding his political ambition to move from mayor to president. A former high school history teacher, Orsi was reelected mayor of Canelones for a second five-year term in 2020 with 51% of the votes cast—more than...

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