Luis Alberto Lacalle
Luis Alberto Lacalle began his career as a journalist in 1961 for the daily newspaper Clarín, at twenty years old. In 1971, he was elected Member of Parliament, a position he held until the military coup d’état of 1973.
When democracy was restored to Uruguay in 1984, Alberto Lacalle became Senator and Vice-president of the Senate, participating in the Public Funds, Transportation and Public Works committees. In 1989, Alberto Lacalle was elected President of Uruguay to a five-year term which began in 1990, with his administration becoming known for implementing a free market program and co-founding MERCOSUR, established by the Treaty of Asunción in 1991, along with Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Currently, Luis Alberto Lacalle serves in the Uruguayan Senate and is a contributor and columnist of Montevideo newspapers El Debate, Correo de los Viernes and La Patria and of the Spanish newspaper ABC.
Over the years, Alberto Lacalle has been the recipient of several awards, including the Grand Cross of the Ordem Nacional do Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazil) or the Gold Medal of the Xunta de Galicia (Spain). He has also received several Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Madrid, Jerusalem, Guadalajara and Paraguay and in 1993 the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, named Luis Alberto Lacalle a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michel and Saint George.