Uruguayan general election, 1999

Uruguayan general election, 1999
31 October and 29 November 1999

Nominee Jorge Batlle Ibáñez Tabaré Vázquez
Party Colorado Party Broad Front
Running mate Luis Antonio Hierro López Rodolfo Nin
Popular vote 1,158,708 982,049
Percentage 54.13% 45.87%

President before election

Julio María Sanguinetti
Colorado Party

Elected President

Jorge Batlle
Colorado Party

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General elections were held in Uruguay on 31 October 1999 alongside a double referendum, with a second round of the presidential election on 28 November.[1] The election resulted in a victory for the Broad Front – Progressive Encounter alliance in the General Assembly elections, together with a win for Jorge Batlle Ibáñez of the Colorado Party in the presidential election.


Although Vázquez obtained a plurality of more than 7% over Batlle in the first round, in the second round roughly 90% of voters of Lacalle in the first round switched to Batlle (following the endorsement of the National Party in favour of the Batlle candidacy), enabling him to win the election with a comfortable 8% margin. In the parliamentary elections, the party of losing presidential candidate Tabaré Vázquez won the most seats, though they failed to gain a parliamentary majority.

Party Presidential candidate First round Second round Seats
Votes % Votes % Chamber +/– Senate +/–
Broad Front–Progressive EncounterTabaré Vázquez861,20240.1981,77845.940+912+3
Colorado PartyJorge Batlle Ibáñez703,91532.81,158,70854.133+110–1
National PartyLuis Alberto Lacalle478,98022.3 22–97–3
New SpaceRafael Michelini97,9434.64–110
Civic UnionLuis Pieri5,1090.20000
Invalid/blank votes57,73565,626
Registered voters/turnout2,402,16091.82,402,13591.8
Source: Nohlen


  1. Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p494 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3

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