Uruguay: President: Tabare Ramon Vazquez Rosas. Came to power: Won 52% of votes in 2004. Uruguay's first center-left president. Indicators: Initiated $100 million "emergency plan" to meet basic medical needs and food assistance. *Montevideo, the capital, is one of the 30 safest cities in the world. *98% of the population is literate. Life expectancy is in the 70s. High marks for civil liberties. *66% satisfied with their democracy. *Approval for Vazquez government: 62%
Source: Martinez, Nadia. "Democracy Rising: Latin America Rising: 8 Hotspots of Progress." YES! Magazine. 42 (summer 2007) 20.