Tabare Vazquez  

President of Uruguay

Tabaré Vázquez, in full Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas (born Jan. 17, 1940, Montevideo, Uru.), Uruguayan politician who served as president of Uruguay (2005–10).

Vázquez graduated from the medical school of the University of the Republic, Montevideo, in 1972 with a specialty in oncology and radiology. He entered private practice as an oncologist and built a reputation as one of the premier physicians in the country. Vázquez served as director of the University of the Republic medical school’s department of radiology. He also founded the first medical clinic in his childhood neighbourhood of Las Teja. Vázquez further raised his public profile as president (1978–89) of the Club Progreso, an association football (soccer) team.

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