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The Broad Front (Frente Amplio in Spanish, also known as Encuentro Progresista) is an Uruguayan political party. It was founded as a coalition of more than a dozen fractured leftist parties and movements in 1971. The party was declared illegal during the coup d'état of 1973 and emerged again in 1984 when democracy was restored in Uruguay. Frente Amplio is led by Tabaré Vázquez, the current President of Uruguay. Frente Amplio has close ties with PIT-CNT and the cooperative housing movement.
Frente Amplio is the largest party in Uruguay, holding majorities in both houses of parliament and the government of Montevideo, a city with half the Uruguayan population. In October, 2004, Vázquez won the presidency of Uruguay as the Frente candidate.
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