National Party (Uruguay)

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National Party

Partido Nacional
President Beatriz Argimón
Founder Manuel Oribe
Founded 10 August 1836; 183 years ago (1836-08-10)
Headquarters Juan Carlos Gómez 1384, Montevideo
Ideology Christian democracy[1]
Uruguayan nationalism
Economic liberalism
Internal factions:
 • Herrerism

 • Social liberalism
 • Wilsonist Current
Political position Centre-right
(with centrist factions)
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International
Regional affiliation COPPPAL
OCDA (observer)
Colors          Blue and White
Chamber of Deputies
31 / 99
10 / 30
Party flag
Flag of the National Party (Uruguay).svg

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


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".

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.

Sectors and factions

See also


  1. ^ "El perfil ideológico del Partido Blanco" (in Spanish). Repú 15 June 2014.

External links

  • Official web site
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