Mujica gets into his Volkswagen Beetle after handing over the presidential sash to Vazquez in Montevideo. REUTERS/Carlos Pazos
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Tabare Vazquez was sworn in as president of Uruguay Sunday, returning to office a decade after first leading the left to power and drawing a curtain on folksy farmer Jose Mujica's colorful rule.Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter known for legalizing marijuana, gay marriage and abortion, handed power back to his Broad Front (FA) party colleague, in a country that bars presidents from serving consecutive terms.The dog lost one foot when Mujica accidentally rolled over it with his tractor.Under Mujica, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana all the way from the cannabis field to the joint, setting up a regulated market for cultivation, sales and use.Nevertheless, Mujica often spoke of the need for improved regional ties.
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