Rodolfo Nin Novoa

Rodolfo Nin Novoa (born 25 January 1948) is a Uruguayan politician who served as the 14th vice president of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010. He also served as Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay from 2015 to 2020 under Tabaré Vázquez. A member of the Broad Front, he is the leader of the Progressive Alliance faction.

Rodolfo Nin Novoa
Rodolfo Nin Novoa en 2015.jpg
Rodolfo Nin in 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
1 March 2015 – 1 March 2020
PresidentTabaré Vázquez
Preceded byLuis Almagro
Succeeded byErnesto Talvi
14th Vice President of Uruguay
In office
1 March 2005 – 1 March 2010
PresidentTabaré Vázquez
Preceded byLuis Antonio Hierro López
Succeeded byDanilo Astori
Personal details
Born (1948-01-25) 25 January 1948 (age 74)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyProgressive Alliance
Other political
Broad Front
Spouse(s)Patricia Damiani


Having originally received a traditional, Roman Catholic education, Nin was a member of the National Party and Intendant of Cerro Largo from 1985 until 1994. He joined the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) only in 1994. Among the issues with which Nin Novoa has been identified has been the successful efforts to prevent the privatization of water supplies and other services, amidst fears of its effects on users living in the interior of the country.

Vice President of UruguayEdit

Nin Novoa was Vice President of Uruguay, serving under President Tabaré Vázquez, from 2005 to 2010. He succeeded Luis Antonio Hierro López in that office.

Vice President Nin's Chief of Staff, Gonzalo Nin Novoa, has received wide media exposure[1] on various issues including defence procurement and expense claims. By the end of 2007 the Nin brothers were facing hostility from ostensible colleagues, including Juan Domínguez, and others, in the ruling Frente Amplio coalition.

Complex political associationsEdit

Nin Novoa's presence in the government of Tabaré Vázquez exemplified the highly diverse nature of the coalition of forces which it represented. He heads the Progressive Alliance, considered one of the rightmost groups of the Broad Front coalition and including the Christian Democratic Party. The Progressive Alliance forms part of the Liber Seregni Front along with Uruguay Assembly of Danilo Astori and New Space of Rafael Michelini, reflecting moderate, centre-left to centrist tendencies.

Relations with radical colleagues and opponentsEdit

Having been active in his earlier phase of political life in a conservative party in an area of the Uruguayan interior (Cerro Largo) not known for an overtly radical political culture, Nin Novoa later served in government alongside former Tupamaro radicals, the outlook and priorities of whom are said to differ significantly. Indeed, given his background, Nin Novoa has had to accommodate himself to being sometimes referred to as 'Comrade Nin Novoa', e.g., by Socialist Party spokesmen.[2]

It would be fair to say, also, in the scheme of political associations and rivalries, that Nin Novoa's strongest critics would be numbered among his own political colleagues such as Juan Domínguez, rather than among members of the political opposition to the ruling Frente Amplio government.

Foreign Minister of UruguayEdit

Nin Novoa became Foreign Minister of Uruguay in March 2015, at the beginning of the second term of office of President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'La República' article, April 2, 2008
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2010-06-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Spanish: 'el compañero Nin Novoa'

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Political offices
Preceded by Vice President of Uruguay
Succeeded by