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Uruguay: Vazquez seen favorite in presidential election thanks to strong economy, Mujica

  • Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez talks to supporters during campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the national party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez talks to supporters during campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the national party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young fan of Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez listens during the closing campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the National Party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    A young fan of Presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez listens during the closing campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the National Party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of the presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez cheer during the closing campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the National Party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    Supporters of the presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabare Vazquez cheer during the closing campaign rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Uruguay will hold run-off presidential elections on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, between Vazquez and Luis Lacalle Pou, candidate for the National Party. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

Former president Tabare Vazquez is favored to win Uruguay's runoff election Sunday on the back of a strong economy, a result that would help secure the country's pioneering marijuana laws.

Five polls show the left-leaning Vazquez ahead of center-right challenger Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou by a roughly 10 percentage point margin.

Vazquez took office in 2005 and left in 2010 with high popularity ratings that put his party's candidate, Jose Mujica, in the president's office.

Now Mujica appears set to return the favor as his 70 percent approval rating is boosting Vazquez's candidacy. Both men belong to the Broad Front coalition.