MONTEVIDEO – Sen. Lucia Topolansky was sworn in Wednesday as Uruguay’s new vice president and chair of the General Assembly of Congress, replacing Raul Sendic, who resigned.
The 72-year-old Topolansky is the wife of former President Jose Mujica, who governed the South American country from 2010 to 2015.
Topolansky is Uruguay’s first woman vice president, a post that requires presiding over Congress when the bicameral body has joint sessions.
In a ceremony lasting barely five minutes, the General Assembly unanimously accepted Sendic’s resignation and approved Topolansky as his replacement.
Topolansky was entitled to the job because she was the No. 2 vote-getter for the party with the most votes within the ruling leftist Broad Front coalition.
Mujica is the senator garnering the most votes, but he was not allowed to take the job because he was head of state in the previous administration.
After the 123 members meeting in the General Assembly voted for her, Topolansky took the oath of office.
Charles Carrera, who was an Interior Ministry official, was sworn in as a senator, taking Topolansky’s seat.