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Lucía Topolansky in 2014
|17th Vice President of Uruguay|
|Assumed office |
13 September 2017
|Preceded by||Raúl Sendic|
|First Lady of Uruguay|
1 March 2010 – 1 March 2015
|Preceded by||María Auxiliadora Delgado|
|Succeeded by||María Auxiliadora Delgado|
|Senator of Uruguay|
15 February 2005 – 12 September 2017
|Representative of Uruguay|
15 February 2000 – 14 February 2005
Lucía Topolansky Saavedra
25 September 1944
|Political party||Movement of Popular Participation|
José Mujica (m. 2005)
María Elia Saavedra
Lucía Topolansky Saavedra (born 25 September 1944) is a Uruguayan politician who served as a Senator from 2005 to 2017. Topolansky, who is the wife of former President José Mujica, was the First Lady of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. She is currently serving as Vice President of Uruguay starting from September 2017, after Raúl Fernando Sendic's resignation.
During her childhood she studied in the College Sacré Cœur de las Hermanas Dominicas in Montevideo with her twin sister. She then entered the Instituto Alfredo Vásquez Acevedo and there she became part of the guild of students.
She is of a Polish noble family ancestry on her father's side (Luis Topolansky).
She served as a Representative for Montevideo from 2000 to 2005 and she subsequently became a Senator. In the 2009 election she received the highest number of votes for Senator, being the leader of the 609 list.
On 26 November 2010, due to the absence of both President Mujica and Vice-President Danilo Astori, she became Acting President, making her the first female president of Uruguay, despite it being temporary. This brief term of acting Presidency lasted until 28 November 2010, when elected Vice President Astori returned to Uruguay.
This state of affairs came about because of a clause in the Uruguayan Constitution, which stipulates that the Presidency passes temporarily to the leader of the largest elected grouping in the Upper House, if both the President and the Vice President are absent from the territory of the Republic.
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