National Party (Uruguay)

National Party

Partido Nacional
LeaderLuis Lacalle Pou
PresidentPablo D. Abdala
FounderManuel Oribe
Founded10 August 1836; 183 years ago (1836-08-10)
HeadquartersJuan Carlos Gómez 1384, Montevideo
IdeologyChristian democracy
Liberal conservatism[1]
Social liberalism[2]
Political positionCentre to Centre-right
International affiliationCentrist Democrat International
Regional affiliationCOPPPAL
OCDA (observer)
Colors         Blue and White
Chamber of Deputies
31 / 99
Senate
10 / 30
Party flag
Flag of the National Party (Uruguay).svg
Website
www.partidonacional.com.uy

The National Party (Spanish: Partido Nacional, PN), also known as the White Party (Spanish: Partido Blanco), is a major political party in Uruguay.

History[]

It was formed on 10 August 1836. Together with the liberal Colorado Party, it is one of the two traditional groupings dating back to the nineteenth century. Manuel Oribe was its founder. In the civil war of 1864–65 it was ousted by the Colorados who were in power until 1958. In 1872 the party changed its name from White Party (Spanish: Partido Blanco) to National Party.

During the mid-20th century a very peculiar phenomenon occurred: a splinter group known as Independent National Party was active between 1931 and 1959 but, although they were de facto a separate party, they permanently insisted that "there is only one National Party".

Electoral history[]

Presidential elections[]

Election Party candidate Running mate Votes % Votes % Result
First Round Second Round
Elections under the Ley de Lemas system
1938 114,506 32.1% - - Lost Red XN
1942 Luis Alberto de Herrera Roberto Berro 129,132 22.5% - - Lost Red XN
Turena Olivera 1,384 0.2% - -
Saraiva 667 0.1% - -
al lema 52 0.0% - -
Total votes 131,235 22.8%
1946 Luis Alberto de Herrera Martín Echegoyen 205,923 31.7% - - Lost Red XN
Basilio Muñoz José Rogelio Fontela 1,479 0.2% - -
Jacinto D. Durán 557 0.1% - -
al lema 161 0.0% - -
Total votes 208,120 47.8% - -
1950 Luis Alberto de Herrera Martín Echegoyen 253,077 30.7% - - Lost Red XN
Salvador Estradé Emeterio Arrospide 1,421 0.2% - -
al lema 336 0.0% - -
Total votes 254,843 30.9% - -
1966 Martín Echegoyen Dardo Ortiz 228,309 18.5% - - Lost Red XN
Alberto Gallinal Heber Zeballos 171,618 13.9% - -
Alberto Héber Usher Nicolás Storace Arrosa 96,772 7.9% - -
al lema 211 0.0% - -
Total votes 496,910 40.3% - -
1971 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate Carlos Julio Pereyra 439,649 26.4% - - Lost Red XN
Mario Aguerrondo Alberto Héber Usher 228,569 13.7% - -
al lema 211 0.0% - -
Total votes 668,822 40.2% - -
1984 Alberto Zumarán Gonzalo Aguirre 553,193 29.3 - - Lost Red XN
Dardo Ortiz 76,014 4.0 - -
Juan Carlos Payssé Cristina Maeso 21,903 1.2 - -
al lema 9,657 0.5 - -
Total votes 660,767 35.0% - -
1989 Luis Alberto Lacalle 444,839 21,63% - - Elected Green tickY
Carlos Julio Pereyra 218,656 10,63% - - Lost Red XN
Alberto Zumarán 101,046 04,91% - -
Lema 1,449 00,07% - -
Total votes 765,990 37,25% - -
1994 Alberto Volonté 301,655 14.9% - - Lost Red XN
Juan Andrés Ramírez 264,255 13.0% - -
Carlos Julio Pereyra 65,650 3.2% - -
Total votes 633,384 31.2% - -
Elections under single presidential candidate per party
1999 Luis Alberto Lacalle 478,980 22.3% - - Lost Red XN
2004 Jorge Larrañaga 764,739 35.13% - - Lost Red XN
2009 Luis Alberto Lacalle Jorge Larrañaga 669,942 29.90% 994,510 45.37% Lost Red XN
2014 Luis Lacalle Pou 732,601 31.94% 939,074 43.37% Lost Red XN
2019 Beatriz Argimón 696,452 29.70% 1,189,313 50.79% Elected Green tickY

Note[]

Under the electoral system in place at the time called Ley de Lemas system, each political party could have as many as three presidential candidates. The combined result of the votes for a party's candidates determined which party would control the executive branch, and whichever of the winning party's candidates finished in first place would be declared President this system was used form the 1942 election until the 1994 election until in 1996, a referendum amended the constitution to restrict each party to a single presidential candidate, effective from the 1999 elections.

Chamber of Deputies and Senate elections[]

Election Votes % Chamber seats +/– Position Senate seats +/- Position
1916 68,073 46.6%
105 / 218
Increase 105 Increase 1st
1917 29,257 22.7% Unknown Decrease 3rd
1919 71,538 38.0%
56 / 123
Increase 1st
1922 116,080 47.1%
58 / 123
Increase 2 Steady 1st
1925 122,530 45.1%
56 / 123
Decrease 2 Steady 1st
1928 140,940 47.1%
60 / 123
Increase 4 Steady 1st
1931 133,625 43.2%
55 / 123
Decrease 5 Steady 1st
1933 101,419 41.1%
117 / 284
Increase 122 Decrease 2nd
1934 92,903 37.3%
39 / 99
Decrease 138 Steady 2nd
15 / 30
Increase 15 Increase 2nd
Senate 91,585 41.4%
1938 122,440 32.6%
29 / 99
Decrease 10 Steady 2nd
15 / 30
Steady Steady 2nd
Senate 114,571 31.7%
1942 199,265 34.6%
34 / 99
Increase 5 Steady 2nd
7 / 30
Decrease 8 Steady 2nd
Senate 131,235 22.8%
1946 271,037 40.4%
40 / 99
Increase 6 Steady 2nd
10 / 30
Increase 3 Steady 2nd
Senate 208,085 31.1%
1950 254,788 30.8%
31 / 99
Decrease 9 Steady 2nd
10 / 30
Steady Steady 2nd
Senate 254,834 30.4%
1954 309,818 35.2%
35 / 99
Increase 4 Steady 2nd
11 / 31
Increase 1 Steady 2nd
1958 499,425 49.7%
51 / 99
Increase 16 Increase 1st
17 / 31
Increase 6 Increase 1st
1962 545,029 46.5%
47 / 99
Decrease 4 Steady 1st
15 / 31
Decrease 2 Steady 1st
1966 496,910 40.3%
41 / 99
Decrease 6 Decrease 2nd
13 / 30
Decrease 2 Decrease 2nd
1971 668,822 40.2%
40 / 99
Decrease 1 Steady 2nd
12 / 30
Decrease 1 Steady 2nd
1984 660,767 35.1%
35 / 99
Decrease 5 Steady 2nd
11 / 30
Decrease 1 Steady 2nd
1989 765,990 37,25%
39 / 99
Increase 4 Increase 1st
12 / 30
Increase 1 Increase 1st
1994 633,384 31.1%
31 / 99
Decrease 8 Decrease 2nd
10 / 31
Decrease 2 Decrease 2nd
1999 478,980 22.3%
22 / 99
Decrease 9 Decrease 3rd
7 / 30
Decrease 3 Decrease 3rd
2004 764,739 35.13%
36 / 99
Increase 14 Increase 2nd
11 / 30
Increase 4 Increase 2nd
2009 669,942 29.90%
30 / 99
Decrease 6 Steady 2nd
9 / 30
Decrease 2 Steady 2nd
2014 732,601 31.94%
32 / 99
Increase 2 Steady 2nd
10 / 30
Increase 1 Steady 2nd
2019 696,452 29.70%
30 / 99
Decrease 2 Steady 2nd
10 / 30
Steady Steady 2nd

National Council of Administration and National Council of Government elections[]

Election Votes % Council seats +/- Position
1925 119,255 49.3% Unknown Increase 1st
1926 139,959 48.4% Unknown Steady 1st
1928 141,055 48.2% Unknown Decrease 2nd
1930 149,339 47.2% Unknown Steady 2nd
1932 41,908 26.1% Unknown Steady 2nd
Abolished in 1933 re-established as National Council of Government
1954 309,818 35.2%
3 / 9
Increase 3 Increase 2nd
1958 499,425 49.7%
6 / 9
Increase 3 Increase 1st
1962 545,029 46.5%
6 / 9
Steady Steady 1st

Note[]

The National Council of Administration ruling alongside the President of the Republic between 1918 and 1933 and it was re-established as National Council of Government was the ruling body in Uruguay between 1952 and 1967

2004 elections[]

At the 2004 national elections, the National Party won 36 seats out of 99 in the Chamber of Deputies and 11 seats out of 31 in the Senate. Its presidential candidate, Jorge Larrañaga, obtained the same day 35.1% of the valid, popular vote.

2009 elections[]

At the 2009 national elections, the National Party won 31 seats out of 99 in the Chamber of Deputies and 9 seats out of 31 in the Senate. Its presidential candidate, Luis Alberto Lacalle, obtained on 25 October 29.07% of the valid, popular vote.

2014 elections[]

At the 2014 elections, its presidential candidate was Luis Lacalle Pou.

2019 elections[]

In 2019, the National Party returns to the government after thirty years, after Luis Lacalle Pou defeated leftist Daniel Martínez in the second round, with the nationalist as leader of the so-called Coalición Multicolor (Multicolor Alliance). [3] This will be the second occasion since the return of democracy and the first of the 21st century when the Party reaches the government.

Sectors and factions[]

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ Martínez, Magdalena (25 November 2019). "Luis Lacalle Pou, el peso de un apellido". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ "El perfil ideológico del Partido Blanco" (in Spanish). República.com. 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ Martínez, Magdalena (25 November 2019). "Luis Lacalle Pou, el peso de un apellido". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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