Progressive Senator Lucia Topolansky has become the first woman to appointed as the Vice-President in the country's history, a few days after Raul Sendic resigned, officially over "personal reasons".
Topolansky, who will be in charge of negotiating between the government and the Congress, said she was optimistic about her term, adding that legislation on pensions, femicides and the reform of the military are among her top priorities.
The 73-year-old started her activism in high school. As a member of the underground Tupamaros movement, she was imprisoned and tortured during the dictatorship from 1972-1985. She joined the Broad Front coalition when democracy was restored in the country and co-founded the Movement for People's Participation, or MPP.
Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez held his first talks with her since at the presidential palace.
On September 18, Topolansky will occupy the presidency on an interim basis, while Vazquez attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York.