Vice President of Uruguay

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Vice President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Vicepresidente de la República Oriental del Uruguay
Beatriz Argimón PN septiembre 2019.jpg
Incumbent
Beatriz Argimón

since 1 March 2020
SeatLegislative Palace
Term lengthFive years, not renewable immediately
Inaugural holderAlfredo Navarro
Formation1 March 1934
Websitepresidencia.gub.uy

The Vice President of Uruguay is the person with the second highest position in the executive branch of the Uruguayan government, after the President of Uruguay. The Vice President replaces the elected President in case of his death or absence. The vice president is also an officer in the legislative branch, as president of the Chamber of Senators and of the General Assembly.

The president and vice president run on a single ticket submitted by their party. In case no candidate obtains an absolute majority of votes (50%+1), a runoff is held between the top two candidates. In this case, the candidate who obtains a plurality in the runoff wins the election. The current Vice President is Beatriz Argimón, who took office on March 1, 2020.[1]

History[edit]

The position of Vice-President of the Republic was established in the Constitution of 1934. Previously the President of the Senate assumed the Presidency in case of absence of the President. The Constitution of 1952 established a 9-member executive council, the National Council of Government, abolishing the figure of the Vice President. The Constitution of 1967 eliminated the National Council of Government and resumed the presidential system, maintaining the figure of the Vice President.

List of Vice Presidents of Uruguay[edit]


No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political
party
Elections President Notes
Start End
1 Alfredo Navarro
(1868–1951)
18 May 1934 19 June 1938 Colorado Gabriel Terra Elected by the 3rd National Constituent Convention.
2 César Charlone
(1895–1973)
19 June 1938 1 March 1943 Colorado 1938 Alfredo Baldomir
3 Alberto Guani
(1877–1956)
1 March 1943 1 March 1947 Colorado 1942 Juan José de Amézaga
4 Lbberres23.jpg Luis Batlle Berres
(1897–1964)
1 March 1947 2 August 1947 Colorado 1946 Tomás Berreta Assumed the presidency after the death of Tomás Berreta.
5 Alfeo Brum
(1898–1972)
2 August 1947 1 March 1951 Colorado Luis Batlle Berres Assumed the Vice Presidency as first senator of the most voted party.
1 March 1951 1 March 1952 Colorado 1950 Andrés Martínez Trueba The post of President and Vice President were replaced by the National Council of Government.
Post abolished
1 March 1952 – 1 March 1967
National Council of Government
6 Jorge Pacheco Areco.jpg Jorge Pacheco Areco
(1920–1998)
1 March 1967 6 December 1967 Colorado 1966 Óscar Diego Gestido Assumed the presidency after the death of Óscar Diego Gestido.
7 Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F022466-0001, Bonn, Lübke empfängt Nationalrat aus Uruguay.jpg Alberto Abdala
(1920–1986)
6 December 1967 1 March 1972 Colorado Jorge Pacheco Areco Assumed the Vice Presidency as first senator of the most voted party.
8 Jorge Sapelli
(1926–1996)
1 March 1972 27 June 1973 Colorado 1971 Juan María Bordaberry Ousted from office by a coup d'état.
Vacant
27 June 1973 – 1 March 1985
Civic-military dictatorship
9 Enrique Tarigo
(1927–2002)
1 March 1985 1 March 1990 Colorado 1984 Julio María Sanguinetti
10 Gonzalo Aguirre
(1940–)
1 March 1990 1 March 1995 National 1989 Luis Alberto Lacalle
11 Hugo Batalla
(1926–1998)
1 March 1995 3 October 1998 Colorado 1994 Julio María Sanguinetti Died in office.
12 Batllefaingbis.jpg Hugo Fernández Faingold
(1947–)
3 October 1998 1 March 2000 Colorado Assumed the Vice Presidency as first senator of the most voted party.
13 Luis Hierro López.jpg Luis Hierro López
(1947–)
1 March 2000 1 March 2005 Colorado 1999 Jorge Batlle
14 Rodolfoninnovoa.jpg Rodolfo Nin Novoa
(1948–)
1 March 2005 1 March 2010 Broad Front 2004 Tabaré Vázquez
15 Danilo Astori.jpg Danilo Astori
(1940–)
1 March 2010 1 March 2015 Broad Front 2009 José Mujica
16 Raúl Fernando Sendic.jpg Raúl Fernando Sendic
(1962–)
1 March 2015 13 September 2017 Broad Front 2014 Tabaré Vázquez Resigned.
17 Lucía Topolansky (cropped).png Lucía Topolansky
(1944–)
13 September 2017 1 March 2020 Broad Front Assumed the Vice Presidency as second senator of the most voted party, as the first senator of the most voted party, José Mujica, can only be President or Vice President until 5 years after his term ends.
18 Beatriz Argimón PN septiembre 2019 (cropped).jpg Beatriz Argimón
(1961–)
1 March 2020 Incumbent National 2019 Luis Lacalle Pou Became the first woman elected to this position.

Living former vice presidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uruguay, Presidencia de la República Oriental del. "Luis Lacalle Pou y Beatriz Argimón juraron como presidente y vicepresidenta de la República - Presidencia de la República". Presidencia de la República Oriental del Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-02.

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