National Party (Uruguay)

National Party (Uruguay)
Partido Nacional
National Party
Leader Manuel Oribe
President Luis Alberto Lacalle
Founded September 19, 1836 (1836-09-19)
Headquarters Montevideo, Uruguay
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation Christian Democrat Organization of America (Observer)
Politics of Uruguay
Political parties

The National Party (Partido Nacional in Spanish), also known as the White Party (Partido Blanco), is a major right-wing conservative political party in Uruguay, currently the major opposition party to the ruling Frente Amplio government.



It was formed on 10 August 1836. Together with the 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 1863-5 it was ousted by the Colorados who were in power till 1958. In 1872 the party changed its name from White Party (Partido Blanco in Spanish) to National Party.

2004 elections

At the last 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.


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