Open Cabildo (Uruguay)

Cabildo Abierto (Spanish for "Open cabildo" or "Town hall meeting") is a Uruguayan Far-right political party founded in 2019. It participated for the first time in an election the same year of its foundation, obtaining 11.04% of the votes, three senators and eleven representatives.[2] It is led by Guido Manini Ríos, descendant of a traditional Colorado Party family and former Commander in Chief of the Army.

Cabildo Abierto
Cabildo Abierto
LeaderGuido Manini Ríos
ChairmanGuillermo Domenech
Founded10 March 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-10)
IdeologyNational conservatism
Right-wing populism
Social conservatism
Political positionFar-right[1]
National affiliationCoalición Multicolor
Colors  Maroon
Chamber of Deputies
11 / 99
3 / 30
0 / 19
0 / 112

According to the Cifra Consultant in October 2019, 24% of its voters were previously from the Broad Front, 14% from the Colorado Party and 10% from the National Party.[3] Gonzalo Ferreira Sienra, one of the children of Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, is a member of Cabildo Abierto.[4]


This political group applied to the Electoral Court in early 2019 to request its registration as a party, to compete in the presidential primaries of that year.[5] The request was approved on March 10, after the acceptance of some 3,000 signatures submitted by citizens. The current name refers to the old town hall meetings of the colonial era, which in modern usage has been transferred to holding open meetings in order to make decisions.

It is chaired by lawyer and notary Guillermo Domenech, a former member of the National Party who served as a Notary of the President's Office from 1990 to 2019.[6] Manini Ríos's wife, Irene Moreira, who also belonged to the National Party, resigned from it and joined Cabildo Abierto.


With strong emphasis on public security, family values and social conservatism.[7] Their presidential candidate was Guido Manini Ríos, a harsh critic of judicial activism under President Tabaré Vázquez.[8]

Other parties and left-leaning international news outlets such as El País from Madrid analyse this phenomenon as a sign of the rise of the populist right in the mold of Donald Trump and Brexit in a traditionally centrist country. Polling analysis does not bear this out, however, and many followers are simply disenchanted with the country's social and economic drift under previous administrations.[9]

2019 electionEdit

In the June 2019 presidential primaries, Cabildo Abierto had had more than 40,000 votes across the country, making it the fourth Uruguayan political force.[10] The departments with the most votes for this party were Rivera, Cerro Largo and Artigas.[11]

In mid-August, Manini Ríos confirmed the party's president, Guillermo Domenech, as his running mate for the general election.[12]

In the general election, Open Cabildo obtained 268,736 votes (11.46%) and won three seats in the Senate and 11 in the Chamber of Representatives.[2] In the face of the second round (ballotage), Open Cabildo was part of the Coalición Multicolor, which supported Luis Lacalle Pou[13] and which was also composed of the National Party (PN), Colorado Party (PN), Independent Party (PI) and the Party of the People (PG).[14]

Electoral historyEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Election Party candidate Running mate Votes % Votes % Result
First Round Second Round
2019 Guido Manini Ríos Guillermo Domenech 268,736 11.46% Lost  N

Chamber of Deputies and Senate electionsEdit

Election Votes % Chamber seats +/- Position Senate seats +/- Position Size
2019 268,736 11.46%
11 / 99
  11 4th
3 / 30
  3 Coalition (PNPC–CA–PGPI) 4th


  1. ^ "Retrato de la ultraderecha uruguaya: entre Artigas y Bolsonaro". 25 November 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b Observador, El. "¿Quiénes son los diputados de Cabildo Abierto que entrarán al Parlamento?". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  3. ^ Observador, El. "El 24% del electorado de Manini Ríos votó al FA en 2014, según Cifra". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ "Uno de los hijos de Wilson fue a darle apoyo a su "amigo" Manini Ríos". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ "Corte Electoral - Comunicado de Prensa" (PDF).
  6. ^ ElPais. "Escribano de Presidencia presentó renuncia hoy e impulsa candidatura de Manini Ríos". Diario EL PAIS Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  7. ^ "Estatuto". Cabildo Abierto (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  8. ^ "Manini Ríos accepts candidacy with harsh criticism towards President Vázquez". El Observador. 4 April 2019. (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Martínez, Magdalena (13 April 2019). "A new conservative drift fragments the Uruguayan right". El País from Madrid. (in Spanish)
  10. ^ ElPais. "Vea todos los resultados de las elecciones internas 2019". Diario EL PAIS Uruguay (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  11. ^ diaria, la (2019-07-03). "Cabildo Abierto fue el tercer partido más votado en Artigas, Cerro Largo y Rivera". la diaria (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  12. ^ Observador, El. "Guillermo Domenech será el compañero de fórmula de Manini Ríos". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  13. ^ Observador, El. "Manini Ríos anunció que su partido apoyará a Lacalle Pou en segunda vuelta". El Observador. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  14. ^ Redacción (28 October 2019). "Uruguay va a segunda vuelta en sus elecciones más disputadas en 15 años: quiénes son Daniel Martínez y Luis Lacalle Pou". BBC News Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2020.

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