Vice President of Uruguay
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- 1 List of Vice Presidents of Uruguay
- 2 History of the office
- 3 Uruguayan political culture: reputations of Vice Presidential office holders
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
List of Vice Presidents of Uruguay
|Independent||Civilian-Military government||Broad Front
|Term of Office||Vice President||Picture||Party|
|1947||Luis Batlle Berres||Colorado|
|1967||Jorge Pacheco Areco||Colorado|
|1998–2000||Hugo Fernández Faingold||Colorado|
|2000–2005||Luis Antonio Hierro López||Colorado|
|2005–2010||Rodolfo Nin Novoa||Frente Amplio|
|2010–Present||Danilo Astori||Frente Amplio|
History of the office
The office of Vice President of Uruguay dates from 1934.
The powers of the Vice President are not only limited, but as an office it suffers from a relative lack of historical continuity.
Periods of abeyance of the office
The office was in abeyance from 1955–1967 and again from 1973-1985. The fact that it was not only the Civilian-military governments of 1973-1985 which dispensed with the office of Vice President of Uruguay, but also successive governments in the 1950s and 1960s, gives further perspective to the relative lack of prominence and functionality which has marked the office in recent times.
Uruguayan political culture: reputations of Vice Presidential office holders
Varying degrees of office holders' constitutionalism
Some of the holders of the office of Vice President have been strongly identified with rule by decree as promoted by a President under whom they served, (e.g., César Charlone); indeed, the very office of Vice President of Uruguay was the creation of President Gabriel Terra, who, by 1934, ruled by decree.
Others such as Jorge Sapelli have sought to cultivate for themselves the image of strict constitutionalists while simultaneously celebrating the repudiation of the office of Vice President; however, this image was one which was cultivated upon leaving office, rather than because of his record in government.
Lack of inherent legal position
It is also to be noted that the holder has no inherent legal position apart from that office, whereas the next-in-line to the Presidency in early 1985, when President Gregorio Alvarez resigned, was Rafael Addiego Bruno, a leading jurist and President of the Supreme Court of Uruguay, who, however, had not formally carried the title of Vice President before taking on the office of President as an interim measure. It is also to be noted that in 1985, when Addiego Bruno took on the Presidency as an interim measure, the immeidately previous formal Vice President had been Jorge Sapelli, who had chosen to repudiate his office; and thus the formal office of Vice President had not yet reappeared within Uruguayan political culture.
No guarantee of office holder's future political prospects
From the standpoint of Uruguayan political culture, it may also be noted that, unless the holder succeeds to the Presidency itself, the past exercise of the office of Vice President is not necessarily in itself a strong guarantee of subsequent preeminence or prominence in Uruguayan party politics. Various examples of this can be cited: former Vice President Luis Antonio Hierro López of the Colorado Party found himself somewhat eclipsed by other former government colleagues subsequent to leaving office in 2005; it is as a former diplomat rather than as a former Vice President that Alberto Guani is chiefly remembered; Jorge Sapelli spent many years in the political wilderness.
- Vice President#Vice presidents in government
- List of current Vice Presidents
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- Politics of Uruguay
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