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His political activity started in the Colorado Party with Zelmar Michelini. Batalla was elected diputado for the Department of Montevideo from 1962–66 and 1967–71, and was President of the Chamber of Representatives from 1968-69. He was also a member of the Latin American Parliament and Vice-President from 1968-69.
He split from Colorado in 1971 to form the Frente Amplio with Michelini, and was re-elected diputado from 1972 until the instauration of the military dictatorship in June 1973.
After the return of constitutional rule, he was elected senator for the Partido por el Gobierno del Pueblo (Peoples' Government Party, which would later rejoin the Frente Amplio) from 1985-1995, and was Vice-President of the Chamber of Senators during 1993.
Vice President of Uruguay
Batalla rejoined the Colorado Party for the elections of 1994-11-27 and was elected Vice President of Uruguay.
He died in office of lung cancer at the age of 72.
Aside from politics, Batalla founded the newspaper Hechos and the political magazine Zeta. He was also President of the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol (AUF, Uruguayan Football Association) from 1991–93, and Vice-president of the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CSF, South American Football Confederation) between 1992 and 1993.
Batalla married Hilda Flores in 1953, and the couple had a daughter Laura.
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