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|Lucía Topolansky in 2010.|
Senator of the Republic
February 15, 2010
September 25, 1944 |
|Political party||Frente Amplio
Movement of Popular Participation
|Parents||María Elia Saavedra
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 become part of the guild of students.
She is of Polish ancestry on her father's side (Luis Topolansky).
She served as a Deputy 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 November 26, 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 November 28, 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.
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