Jorge Larrañaga

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Jorge Larrañaga
Jorge Larrañaga in 2007.
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Personal details
Born (1956-08-08) August 8, 1956 (age 60)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Uruguayan
Political party National Party
Alianza Nacional
Spouse(s) Ana María Vidal Elhordoy (-2005)
María Liliana Echenique
Children Jorge Washington, Aparicio, Juan Francisco, Faustino
Alma mater Universidad de la República
Occupation Politician, lawyer
Website Jorge Larrañaga

Jorge Washington Larrañaga Fraga (born August 8, 1956 in Paysandú) is a Uruguayan politician. He is a senator (2000–2004, 2005–present) and was Intendant of Paysandú (1990–1999). He was the presidential candidate of the National Party (Blancos) in 2004.


Larrañaga grew up and attended school in Paysandú. He studied law at the Universidad de la República and practiced until 1990, specializing in civil and labour law.

He took a series of administrative posts in the National Party, culminating in his presidency of the Party's departmental commission in Paysandú (1985–1989).

Prominence in the National Party[edit]

Larrañaga, Uruguayan senator.

Elected "intendente" in 1989, he won a second term in 1994. He unsuccessfully contested internal party elections for vice presidential candidate in 1999. Technically it was Juan Andrés Ramírez who was running for presidential candidate that year. Had Ramírez won, it was assumed the National Convention of the National Party would choose Larrañaga as the vice presidential candidate as Ramírez-Larrañaga were seen as a joint ticket.

Soon the National Alliance ("Alianza Nacional") sector was founded and during the presidency of Jorge Batlle Ibáñez they became increasingly opponents.

In 2004 he won the internal party election and was chosen as the party's presidential candidate.

2004 Presidential elections[edit]

On October 31, 2004 a national election was held. Larrañaga obtained over 34% of the vote. The election was won by Tabaré Vázquez who obtained over 50% of the vote.


In June 2009, he ran again in the internal party election looking to be presidential candidate. This election was won by Luis Alberto Lacalle and Larrañaga was to be the candidate to the vice presidency in the October general elections.[1]


  1. ^ El País (July 21, 2009). "Un candidato hijo del esfuerzo" (in Spanish). Retrieved January 15, 2012. 

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