Jorge Washington Larrañaga Fraga (born 8 August 1956 in Paysandú) is a Uruguayan politician. He is a senator (2000–2004, 2005–present) and was Intendant of Paysandú (1990–1999). He was the presidential candidate of the National Party (Blancos) in 2004.
Jorge Larrañaga in 2007.
|Assumed office |
|Born||8 August 1956|
|Political party||National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Ana María Vidal Elhordoy (-2005)|
María Liliana Echenique
|Children||Jorge Washington, Aparicio, Juan Francisco, Faustino|
|Alma mater||Universidad de la República|
Larrañaga grew up and attended school in Paysandú. He studied law at the Universidad de la República and practiced until 1990, specializing in civil and labour law.
He took a series of administrative posts in the National Party, culminating in his presidency of the Party's departmental commission in Paysandú (1985–1989).
Prominence in the National PartyEdit
Elected "intendente" in 1989, he won a second term in 1994. He unsuccessfully contested internal party elections for vice presidential candidate in 1999. Technically it was Juan Andrés Ramírez who was running for presidential candidate that year. Had Ramírez won, it was assumed the National Convention of the National Party would choose Larrañaga as the vice presidential candidate as Ramírez-Larrañaga were seen as a joint ticket.
In 2004 he won the internal party election and was chosen as the party's presidential candidate.
2004 Presidential electionsEdit
On 31 October 2004 a national election was held. Larrañaga obtained over 34% of the vote. The election was won by Tabaré Vázquez who obtained over 50% of the vote.
In June 2009, he ran again in the internal party election looking to be presidential candidate. This election was won by Luis Alberto Lacalle and Larrañaga was to be the candidate to the vice presidency in the October general elections.
In June 2014, Larrañaga ran in the internal party election, losing to Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou. Afterwards he ran as his running mate.
In June 2019, Larrañaga ran in the internal party election, losing to Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou. Larrañaga is candidate to the Senate. Further, he promoted the 2019 Uruguayan constitutional referendum on public security. No presidential candidate endorsed his proposal, but many are proposing similar measures.
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