Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou

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Luis Lacalle Pou
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President-elect of Uruguay
Assuming office
1 March 2020
Vice President Beatriz Argimón (elect)
Succeeding Tabaré Vázquez
Senator of Uruguay
In office
15 February 2015 12 August 2019
President of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
1 March 2011 1 March 2012
Preceded by Ivonne Passada
Succeeded by Jorge Orrico
Representative of Uruguay
for Canelones
In office
15 February 2000 15 February 2015
Personal details
Luis Alberto Alejandro Aparicio Lacalle Pou

(1973-08-11) 11 August 1973 (age 46)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political party National Party
  • Luis Alberto
  • Violeta
  • Manuel
Parents Luis Alberto Lacalle
Julia Pou
Education The British Schools
Alma mater Catholic University of Uruguay

Luis Alberto Alejandro Aparicio Lacalle Pou (born 11 August 1973) is a Uruguayan lawyer, politician and current president-elect of Uruguay after winning the 2019 Uruguayan general election.



Born in Montevideo, he is the son of former President of Uruguay, Luis Alberto Lacalle, and Julia Pou, a former senator and first lady. [1] He has been married to Lorena Ponce de León since 2000. Together, they have three children: Luis Alberto, Violeta and Manuel.

His primary and secondary education was completed at The British Schools of Montevideo, and in 1998, he received his law degree from the Catholic University of Uruguay.

Political career

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's career superficially mirrors that of Pedro Bordaberry, also a son of a former president of Uruguay who followed his father into politics.

Lacalle Pou is the leader of the political lists 404 (Montevideo) and 400 (Canelones).

Presidential candidacies


On 30 March 2014, Lacalle Pou launched his bid for the presidential candidacy. [2]

On 1 June 2014 he was elected as single right-wing candidate of his party for the presidential elections in October. [3] 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. [4]

Lacalle Pou won by 53% of the votes, enough to announce Beatriz Argimón the same night of 30 June as a vice president candidate. [5]

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%. [6] 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.

Personal life

Lacalle Pou enjoys surfing, a sport he's been practicing since the 1980s. [7] He also likes to hunt wild boars [8] (which are considered a pest in Uruguay).

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  4. "The National Party denounced Juan Sartori for fake news" (in Spanish). El Observador. 11 August 2019.
  5. "Lacalle Pou surprised announced his partner for the October elections" (in Spanish). El País. 11 August 2019.
  6. "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.
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