Danilo Astori

Danilo Astori

Uruguayan Politician
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Danilo Astori

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Danilo Astori (born April 23, 1940) is a Uruguayan social democratic politician who was the Minister of Economics and Finance of Uruguay from 2005 to 2008. He is the main leader of the Asamblea Uruguay party, which is part of the ruling centre-left Broad Front party.

He is the current Vice President of Uruguay.

Political career

He ran for vice president in 1989 elections with Líber Seregni as presidential candidate, obtaining the third place with 23% of votes.

Before the 2004 elections, Astori was announced to become Finance Minister if the Broad Front won. This is said to have turned centrist voters to choose the Broad Front, and the party received 51.7% of votes.


Astori has followed a fiscal conservative policy, but allowing increases in welfare, education and health care spendings. He has been a supporter of trade pacts with the United States, the European Union, the People's Republic of China and India, with the Chilean "open regionalism" as a model.

Astori resigned from his ministry on September 18, 2008. His ministerial replacement was Álvaro García.

Historical note

Astori is the fifteenth person to hold the office of Vice President of Uruguay. The office dates from 1934, when César Charlone became Uruguay's first Vice President.


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