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Uruguayan presidential line of succession

The Uruguayan presidential line of succession is the set order in which officials of the Uruguayan government assume the office of head of state if the incumbent President of Uruguay becomes incapacitated, dies in office, resigns, or is removed from office. The line of succession is set out in Article 153 of the Uruguayan Constitution and follows the order of the Vice President and the Senator of the list most voted for of the political party by which they were elected.[1]

Current order of succession

No. Office Incumbent Party
President Luis Lacalle Pou National
1 Vice President Beatriz Argimón National
2 Senator Graciela Bianchi [A][2] National
3 Senator Sergio Botana [es] National
4 Senator Gloria Rodríguez Santo National
5 Senator Juan Sartori National

Presidential successions

Cases of presidential succession due to permanent vacancy

The following were cases of actual presidential succession due to permanent vacancy of the title holder:

  • On 28 February 1882 the president of Uruguay Francisco Vidal submitted after the General Assembly a letter with his resignation due to health reasons, and it was accepted. Because the General Assembly established the election date for the new president on 1 March, until this was going to be done, the presidential succession system foresaw in article 77 of Uruguayan Constitution of 1830 was triggered, and for that day the President of the Senate Alberto Flangini was designated acting president. The next day the General Assembly elected as the new president Máximo Santos.[3][4]

Temporary substitutions

The following were temporary substitutions where the title holder obtained permission to leave of absence and returning after this term ended, and between those dates an acting official took charge of the duties:


  1. ^ Álvaro Delgado was elected senator and took office on February 15, 2020; However, in March of the same year, he preferred the position of Secretary of the Presidency, therefore, while he remains in it, he is barred from accessing the presidential succession.


  1. ^ "Constitución de la República Oriental del Uruguay". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  2. ^ Observador, El. "Graciela Bianchi será presidenta de la República en caso de ausencia de Lacalle Pou y Argimón". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  3. ^ Asamblea General de Uruguay, ed. (1887). Diario de sesiones de la H. Asamblea General de la República Oriental del Uruguay. Montevideo. pp. 133–137.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ Alonso Criado, Matias (1883). Colección Legislativa de la República Oriental del Uruguay (PDF). Montevideo. pp. 23–26.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ "Cámaras legislativas recordaron a Pozzolo, fallecido a los 70 años". LARED21 (in Spanish). 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  6. ^ "Alberto Couriel – Casa Grande". Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  7. ^ Observador, El. "La emoción del niño que contará que su madre fue presidenta". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
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