More than 70 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot on Sunday, according to the electoral authority [Mariana Greif/Reuters]

Uruguay is set to begin counting key votes that could decide the country’s next president after the results of an election runoff were deemed too close to call. 

The country’s electoral court said on Sunday that the margin between the two candidates was so narrow it could not declare a winner until a count of the “observed” votes – votes cast by people who could not make it to their assigned polling station – was completed.

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The counting of these ballots, which number about 35,000, would begin on Tuesday, the court said, adding that a final result would be announced on Thursday or Friday.

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