Rodolfo Nin Novoa

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Rodolfo Nin Novoa
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Rodolfo Nin in 2007.
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Senator of the Republic
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 15, 2010
14th Vice President of Uruguay
In office
March 1, 2005 – March 1, 2010
Preceded by Luis Antonio Hierro López
Succeeded by Danilo Astori
Personal details
Born (1948-01-25) January 25, 1948 (age 66)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party Broad Front
Progressive Alliance
Spouse(s) Patricia Damiani
Children 4
Residence Montevideo
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Nin and the second or maternal family name is Novoa.

Rodolfo Nin Novoa (born 1948) is the former Vice President of Uruguay, he is the leader of Progressive Alliance.

Background[edit]

He was born in mixed Armenian- Spanish family. Having originally received a traditional, Roman Catholic education, Nin was a member of the National Party (Uruguay) and mayor in his department (Cerro Largo). He joined the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) only in 1994. Among the issues with which Nin Novoa has been identified has been the successful efforts to prevent the privatization of water supplies, and other services, amidst fears of its effects on users living in the interior of the country.[1]

Vice President of Uruguay[edit]

Nin Novoa has been Vice President of Uruguay, under President Tabaré Vázquez, since 2005. He succeeded Luis Antonio Hierro López in that office.

Vice President Nin's Chief of Staff, Gonzalo Nin Novoa, has received wide media exposure [2] on various issues including defence procurement and expense claims. By the end of 2007 the Nin brothers were facing hostility from ostensible colleagues, including Juan Domínguez, and others, in the ruling Frente Amplio coalition.

Complex political associations[edit]

Nin Novoa's presence in the government of Tabaré Vázquez exemplifies the highly diverse nature of the coalition of forces which it represents. He heads the Progressive Alliance, considered one of the rightmost groups of the Broad Front coalition and including the Christian Democratic Party. The Progressive Alliance forms part of the Liber Seregni Front along with Uruguay Assembly of Danilo Astori and New Space of Rafael Michelini, reflecting moderate, centre-left to centrist tendencies.

Relations with radical colleagues and opponents[edit]

Having been active in his earlier phase of political life in a conservative party in an area of the Uruguayan interior (Cerro Largo) not known for an overtly radical political culture, Nin Novoa later served in government alongside former Tupamaro radicals, the outlook and priorities of whom are said to differ significantly. Indeed, given his background, Nin Novoa has had to accommodate himself to being sometimes referred to as 'Comrade Nin Novoa', e.g., by Socialist Party spokesmen.[3]

It would be fair to say, also, in the scheme of political associations and rivalries, that Nin Novoa's strongest critics would be numbered among his own political colleagues such as Juan Domínguez, rather than among members of the political opposition to the ruling Frente Amplio government.

Historical note[edit]

Nin was the fourteenth person to hold the office of Vice President of Uruguay. The office dates from 1934, when César Charlone became Uruguay's first Vice President.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Rodolfo Nin Novoa', Wikipedia (in Spanish) es:Rodolfo Nin Novoa,
  2. ^ 'La República' article, April 2, 2008
  3. ^ [1] Spanish: 'el compañero Nin Novoa'