Political system
Presidential system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Asamblea General (General Assembly)
Chamber name
Cámara de Senadores (Senate)
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1930 to 1934
from 1985
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Speaker

Official title
President of the General Assembly and of the Senat
Speaker
Beatriz Argimón (Female)
Date of birth: 14 Aug 1961
Term
01 Mar 2020
Additional information

Vice-President of the Republic

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
First Secretary (Secretary General)
Secretary General
Gustavo Sánchez Piñeiro (Male)
Term
15 Apr 2020
Notes

Elected on 15 April 2020 for the 49th Legislature (2020 - 2025).

Members

Statutory number of members
31

Notes: Other: the Vice-President of the Republic is an ex officio member.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
30
Other members
1
Current number of members
31
Men
21
Women
10
Percentage of women
32.3%
Statutory number of members per country 
130
Population (in thousands)
3,426
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
26,354

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
61.2
(2020-02)
Youngest member
Juan José Sartori Piñeyro (Male)
Youngest member (years)
39
Number of members, by age (2020-02)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 1 2 2 4 7 3 2 0 21
Female 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 0 9
Totals per age interval 0 0 1 2 2 9 10 4 2 0 30
Total <= 45: 3 Total >= 46: 27
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
3.3% 3% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
10.0% 10% 0.0%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes: Legislated candidate quotas. Candidates of both sexes must be represented in every three places on electoral lists, either throughout the entire list or in the first fifteen places. Where only two seats are contested, one of the two candidates must be a woman

Sources: Cf. Law nº 18.476, Article 2.

Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
No information available
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No