National Party (Uruguay)
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The National Party (Spanish: Partido Nacional, PN), also known as the White Party (Spanish: Partido Blanco), is a major political party in Uruguay, currently the major opposition party to the ruling Frente Amplio government.
|President||Luis Alberto Héber|
|Founded||10 August 1836|
|Headquarters||Juan Carlos Gómez 1384, Montevideo|
• Wilsonist Current
|International affiliation||Centrist Democrat International|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Chamber of Deputies|
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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".
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.
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.
At the 2014 elections, its presidential candidate was Luis Lacalle Pou.