President of Uruguay

President of
the Eastern Republic of Uruguay

Coat of arms of Uruguay
Tabaré Vázquez

since 1 March 2015
Residence Residencia de Suarez
Appointer Popular election
Term length Five years, not renewable immediately
Inaugural holder Fructuoso Rivera
Formation 6 November 1830
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The President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: Presidente de la República Oriental del Uruguay) is the head of state of Uruguay. His or her rights are determined in the Constitution of Uruguay. Conforms with the Secretariat of the Presidency, the Council of Ministers and the Director of the Office of Planning and Budget, the executive branch. In case of absence, his office is exercised by the Vice President. In turn, the President of the Republic is the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces.

According to the current Constitution, the President is elected direct popular election for a term of five years. He may be reelected any number of times, but is ineligible for immediate reelection. 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.

According to Article 168 of the Constitution, the President, acting with the respective minister or ministers, or the Council of Ministers, includes, is assigned:

  1. The preservation of order and tranquility within and security without.
  2. The command of all armed forces.
  3. The promulgation of all laws, issuing special regulations necessary for its implementation.
  4. The delivery, to the General Assembly of Uruguay at the opening of regular sessions, the state of the Republic address.
  5. The right to veto laws it dislikes.
  6. The right to propose bills or amendments to laws previously enacted.
  7. The dismissal of public employees for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance.
  8. Management of diplomatic relations and, with consent of the legislature, the right to declare war.
  9. The right to declare a state of emergency when needed.
  10. The preparation of the state budget.
  11. Negotiation of treaties with the ratification of the legislature.

Since 1990, the President's term has begun and ended on March 1. The current President is Tabaré Vásquez.

Latest election

 Summary of the 26 October 2014 General Assembly of Uruguay election
and the 30 November 2014 presidential election run-off.
Party or coalition
Presidential candidate
First round (General election) Second round
(Presidential runoff)
Votes % Seats
Chamber +/– Senate +/– Votes %
Broad Front
Tabaré Vázquez
National Party
Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou
Colorado Party
Pedro Bordaberry
Independent Party
Pablo Mieres
Popular Assembly
Gonzalo Abella
Partido Ecologista Radical Intransigente
César Vega
17,8350.780 N/A0 N/A
Workers' Party
Rafael Fernández
3,2180.140 N/A0 N/A
Invalid/blank votes 78,329156,051
Registered voters/turnout2,620,79190.512,620,79188.57
Source: Corte Electoral, Buenos Aires Herald

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