Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou
Luis Lacalle Pou
|President-elect of Uruguay|
1 March 2020
|Vice President||Beatriz Argimón (elect)|
|Senator of Uruguay|
15 February 2015 – 12 August 2019
|President of the Chamber of Representatives|
1 March 2011 – 1 March 2012
|Preceded by||Ivonne Passada|
|Succeeded by||Jorge Orrico|
|Representative of Uruguay|
15 February 2000 – 15 February 2015
Luis Alberto Alejandro Aparicio Lacalle Pou
11 August 1973
|Political party||National Party|
Lorena Ponce de León (m. 2000)
|Parents||Luis Alberto Lacalle|
|Education||The British Schools|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of Uruguay|
Born in Montevideo, he is the son of former President of Uruguay, Luis Alberto Lacalle, and Julia Pou, a former senator and first lady. He has been married to Lorena Ponce de León since 2000. Together, they have three children: Luis Alberto, Violeta and Manuel.
In the 1999 general elections, he was elected representative for Canelones, serving the 2000–2005 term. He was re-elected in 2004 under the herrerismo faction of the National Party, a movement founded by his great-grandfather, Luis Alberto de Herrera. In 2009, he was elected for a third consecutive time and served until 2015.
Lacalle Pou is the leader of the political lists 404 (Montevideo) and 400 (Canelones).
On 30 March 2014, Lacalle Pou launched his bid for the presidential candidacy.
On 1 June 2014 he was elected as single right-wing candidate of his party for the presidential elections in October. He was defeated on the second round of presidential election on 30 November 2014.
In the 2019 presidential primaries, Lacalle Pou competed against Enrique Antía, Carlos Iafigliola, again Jorge Larrañaga and against the new candidate Juan Sartori, with whom he maintained a tense relationship. Lacalle Pou accused him of spreading false news, some of these cases were brought to justice.
On 24 November 2019, Luis Lacalle Pou garnered 48.71% of the unofficial vote in the second round of the 2019 general election. His opponent, Broad Front candidate and former mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martínez obtained 47.51% of the vote. The Electoral Court of Uruguay would publish the official results by Friday, 29 November 2019, as observed votes were still to be counted, totaling more than the difference between the two candidates, thus being too close to call. Daniel Martinez did not concede the race then, awaiting the official count. However, Luis Lacalle Pou unofficially declared himself the winner, as the votes already counted marked an irreversible trend. Martínez also officially conceded defeat on 28 November 2019. On 30 November, final votes counts confirmed Lacalle Pou as the winner with 48.8% of the total votes cast over Martínez with 47.3%. When he takes office, he will be the first National/Blanco president since his father left office in 1995. His election also marked only the fourth time in 154 years that the Blancos had been elected to lead the government.
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- "Lacalle Pou starts his presidential campaign" (in Spanish). Brecha. 4 April 2014.
- "Unexpected victory of Lacalle Pou in the Uruguayan primaries" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. 2 June 2014. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014.
- "The National Party denounced Juan Sartori for fake news" (in Spanish). El Observador. 11 August 2019.
- "Lacalle Pou surprised announced his partner for the October elections" (in Spanish). El País. 11 August 2019.
- "Lacalle won with 48.8% and Martínez obtained 47.3% in the 2019 ballot: look at the results". El Pais. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
- Zanocchi, Pablo (28 November 2019). "Un surfista fue electo presidente de Uruguay". Dukesurf.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 December 2019.
- Garcia, Alfredo (5 October 2019). "El último jabalí". Semanario Voces (in Spanish).