Elections for governors and councillors took place across Uruguay, South America, on 8 May. Right wing parties were crushed in almost half of the districts of the country.
Victory went to the Frente Amplio — a broad organisation made up of socialists, Communists, nationalists and other left wing forces.
This is the first time that the left has triumphed outside the capital, Montevideo. The districts the left won contain 70 percent of the population.
There was also a change in the distribution of the votes within the left compared to the elections of October 2004, which brought the Frente Amplio to power.
More moderate parties lost support to socialists and Communists. Many radical left councillors were elected — one of them a rural workers’ leader.
Since the left came to power 20,000 new workers have affiliated to their unions. Several strikes and occupations have ended in victories.
The recent elections expressed this spirit. Anger over the rate of the new minimum wage, and the pay offer to public sector workers, mean the struggle will continue.