Colorado Party (Uruguay)

The Colorado Party (Spanish: Partido Colorado, lit. "The Red Party") is a political party in Uruguay.

It unites moderate and liberal groups, but also has some some social democratic groups as well. It was the dominant party of government almost without exception during the stabilisation of the Uruguayan republic.

At the last 2004 national elections, the Colorado Party won 10 seats out of 99 in the Chamber of Deputies and 3 seats out of 31 in the Senate. Its presidential candidate, Guillermo Stirling, won the same 10.4% of the popular vote.

The Colorado Party was founded in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 17 September 1836.

Some of its major historical leaders were Fructuoso Rivera, Venancio Flores, José Batlle y Ordóñez, Luis Batlle Berres, Jorge Pacheco Areco, Juan María Bordaberry, Julio María Sanguinetti and Jorge Batlle.

The party has historically been the most elected party in Uruguayan history with almost uninterrupted dominance during the 20th century. The Colorados were in office from 1865 to 1959, when they were defeated by the Partido Nacional in the 1958 elections. They returned to office after the 1966 elections. They won the first elections at the end of the military dictatorship, in 1984. They went on to win the 1994 and 1999 elections.

Formation Date 1836-9-17
Conflict Name Initiation Year Termination Year Total Killed Total Casuality
Blanco-Colorado Violence in Uruguay 1836-1838 1836 1838 unknown unknown