Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day

July 18
The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming an independent country in 1928. Although it adopted other constitutions in 1917, 1934, 1952, and 1967, the 1830 version laid the groundwork upon which all later versions have relied. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The legislative branch consists of a senate and a house of representatives. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. Constitutional amendments adopted in 1976 strengthened the political powers of the country's military.
To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Uruguay in the United States
1913 I St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
202-331-1313; fax: 202-331-8142
www.uruwashi.org