Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, Uruguayan politician, Died at 88


Jorge Luis Batlle Ibáñez was born on October 25, 1927, and died on October 24, 2016.
He was a politician and lawyer from Uruguay, a member of the Colorado Party.
Jorge served as the President of Uruguay from 2000 to 2005.
He became Uruguayan president on March 1, 2000, after having been elected the previous year by popular vote.
Jorge Batlle Ibáñez was the fourth Uruguayan President belonging to the Batlle family – one of whom was his own father, Luis Batlle Berres – a name that is closely related to the political history of the country.
He started his political career long ago and had served as member of the Uruguayan Congress for the Colorado Party, to which many members of his own family – which came to the River Plate from the Catalan coast at Sitges, Spain, 200 years ago – had belonged before him.
He was married to Mrs. Mercedes Menafra, and had two children from a previous marriage, Beatriz and Raúl Lorenzo, and four grandchildren.
Jorge Batlle Ibáñez passed away at 88 years old.