MONTEVIDEO – Maria Auxiliadora Delgado, the wife of Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, died early Wednesday in Montevideo, officials said. She was 82.
Delgado was “very committed to social policy, especially to childhood and adolescent” programs, Sen. Marcos Othegy, a member of the governing Broad Front coalition, told EFE.
The late first lady helped launch a national dental hygiene program for the poor, the senator said.
“It was a high-impact plan with very positive results,” Othegy said.
Political leaders expressed their condolences to the president and his family on social media after the Office of President announced Delgado’s death on its official website.
“A strong embrace for comrade President Tabare and all of his family in the face of the sad loss of Maria Auxiliadora. RIP,” said Daniel Martinez, the Broad Front’s candidate in October’s presidential election.
Colorado Party presidential candidate Ernesto Talvi also expressed his condolences to the president.
“A warm embrace for President Vazquez and his children. The entire country is with you at this painful time,” Talvi said.
“We send our most heartfelt greeting to President Tabare Vazquez and his children in light of the death of his wife, Maria Auxiliadora Delgado,” Independent Party presidential candidate Pablo Mieres said.
People’s Party presidential candidate Edgardo Novick also expressed his condolences to the 79-year-old head of state.
“I deeply regret the death of Maria Auxiliadora. Our condolences to President Tabare Vazquez and his family at this difficult time,” Novick said.
A viewing is being held for the first lady at a Montevideo funeral home and she will be buried at 3:00 pm at La Teja cemetery.
Delgado and Vazquez, who also served as president from 2005 to 2010, were the parents of four children.