Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou | political career

Political career

In the 1999 general elections, he was elected representative for Canelones, serving the 2000–2005 term. He was re-elected in 2004 under the herrerismo faction of the National Party, a movement founded by his great-grandfather, Luis Alberto de Herrera. In 2009, he was elected for a third consecutive time and served until 2015.

Lacalle Pou's career superficially mirrors that of Pedro Bordaberry, also a son of a former president of Uruguay who followed his father into politics.

Lacalle Pou is the leader of the political lists 404 (Montevideo) and 400 (Canelones).

Presidential candidacies


On 30 March 2014, Lacalle Pou launched his bid for the presidential candidacy.[2]

On 1 June 2014 he was elected as single right-wing candidate of his party for the presidential elections in October.[3] He was defeated on the second round of presidential election on 30 November 2014.


In the 2019 presidential primaries, Lacalle Pou competed against Enrique Antía, Carlos Iafigliola, again Jorge Larrañaga and against the new candidate Juan Sartori, with whom he maintained a tense relationship. Lacalle Pou accused him of spreading fake news, some of these cases were brought to justice.[4]

Lacalle Pou won by 53% of the votes, enough to announce Beatriz Argimón the same night of 30 June as a vice president candidate.[5]

On 24 November 2019, Luis Lacalle Pou garnered 48.71% of the unofficial vote in the second round of the 2019 general election. His opponent, Broad Front candidate and former mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martínez obtained 47.51% of the vote. The Electoral Court of Uruguay would publish the official results by Friday, 29 November 2019, as observed votes were still to be counted, totaling more than the difference between the two candidates, thus being too close to call. Daniel Martinez did not concede the race then, awaiting the official count. However, Luis Lacalle Pou unofficially declared himself the winner, as the votes already counted marked an irreversible trend. Martínez also officially conceded defeat on 28 November 2019. On 30 November, final votes counts confirmed Lacalle Pou as the winner with 48.8% of the total votes cast over Martínez with 47.3%.[6] When he takes office, he will be the first National/Blanco president since his father left office in 1995. His election also marked only the fourth time in 154 years that the Blancos had been elected to lead the government.

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