Lucía Topolansky

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Topolansky and the second or maternal family name is Saavedra.
Lucía Topolansky
Lucía Topolansky in 2010.
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Senator of the Republic
Assumed office
February 15, 2010
Personal details
Born (1944-09-25) September 25, 1944 (age 70)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party Frente Amplio
Movement of Popular Participation
Spouse(s) José Mujica
Parents María Elia Saavedra
Luis Topolansky
Occupation Politician

Lucía Topolansky Saavedra (born September 25, 1944) is a Uruguayan Senator, wife of Uruguay's President José Mujica and the First Lady of Uruguay.


During her childhood she studied in the College Sacré Cœur de las Hermanas Dominicas in Montevideo with her twin sister. She then entered the Instituto Alfredo Vásquez Acevedo and there she become part of the guild of students.

She has been associated with the Movement of Popular Participation (MPP) for many years,[1] linked with the former guerilla movement the Tupamaros.

She is of Polish ancestry on her father's side (Luis Topolansky).

She is married to José Mujica who is the President of Uruguay and a former Senator, Agriculture Minister and MPP leader.

Political offices[edit]

She served as a Deputy for Montevideo from 2000 to 2005 and she subsequently became a Senator. In the 2009 election she received the highest number of votes for Senator, being the leader of the 609 list.

She has been tipped to be the running mate of Tabare Vazquez for the ruling coalition presidential ticket for 2014.[2]

Acting President of Uruguay[edit]

On November 26, 2010, due to the absence of both President Mujica and Vice-President Danilo Astori, she became Acting President, making her the first female president of Uruguay, despite it being temporary. This brief term of acting Presidency lasted until November 28, 2010, when elected Vice President Astori returned to Uruguay.[3][4]

This state of affairs came about because of a clause in the Uruguayan Constitution, which stipulates that the Presidency passes temporarily to the leader of the largest elected grouping in the Upper House, if both the President and the Vice President are absent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Lucía Topolansky', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Lucía Topolansky,
  2. ^ "Uruguay’s first lady praises Cristina Fernandez and blast opposition". Merco Press. 
  3. ^ El País (2010-11-28). "Lucía Topolansky presidenta de Uruguay" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  4. ^ Mercopress (2010-11-25). "First time ever woman president (for a few days) in Uruguay". Retrieved 2011-04-29.