Authentic Radical Liberal Party

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Authentic Radical Liberal Party

Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico
PresidentEfraín Alegre
Founded1887 (historical)
1978 (modern)
HeadquartersIturbe 936 c/ Manuel Domínguez, Asunción
IdeologyLiberalism
Radicalism
Political positionCentre to Center-left
International affiliationLiberal International[1]
Regional affiliationLiberal Network for Latin America
Chamber of Deputies
28 / 80
Senate
13 / 45
Party flag
Partido Liberal Radical Autentico.svg
Website
http://www.plra.org.py/

The Authentic Radical Liberal Party (Spanish: Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico or PLRA) is a centrist liberal political party in Paraguay. The party is a full member of Liberal International. The liberales, as they are known, are the leading opposition to the dominant conservative Colorado Party. They have taken this position since the end of the Alfredo Stroessner dictatorship in 1989. They are the political successors of the Liberal Party.

The party was formed by Domingo Laíno, Carmen Casco de Lara Castro, Carlos Alberto González, Miguel Ángel Martínez Yaryes, and others in 1978, in opposition to the Constitutional Amendment of 1977 which allowed no term limits to the re-election of the Paraguayan president.[2]

At the 2003 legislative elections, the party won 25.7% of the popular vote and 21 out of 80 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 24.3%, leading to 12 out of 45 seats in the Senate. Its candidate at the presidential elections of the same day, Julio César Franco, won 24.0% of the popular vote.

In the presidential elections of 2008, the party achieved victory over the Colorado Party for the first time in 61 years through a political alliance headed by leftist Fernando Lugo and composed by other left-wing political parties. At the 2008 legislative elections, the party won 26 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 14 seats in the Senate. They are approximately tied with the Colorados in the number of seats won in the House of Deputies and the Senate.

Following the June 2012 Impeachment of Fernando Lugo the governing alliance fell apart, and Vice-President Federico Franco took over the presidency, thus exercising the first all-PLRA government in Paraguay.

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
1989 Domingo Laíno 241,829 20.98% Lost Red XN
1993 Domingo Laíno 357,164 33.20% Lost Red XN
1998 Domingo Laíno 703,379 43.88% Lost Red XN
2003 Julio César Franco 370,348 24.7% Lost Red XN
2008 None (endorsed Fernando Lugo) 766,502 42.40% Elected Green tickY
2013 Efraín Alegre 889,451 39.05% Lost Red XN
2018 Efraín Alegre 1,110,464 45.08% Lost Red XN

Vice presidential election[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
2000 Julio César Franco 597,431 49.6% Elected Green tickY

Chamber of Deputies elections[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election Votes % Seats +/–
1989 229,329 20.2%
21 / 72
Increase 21
1993 414,208 36.8%
33 / 80
Increase 12
1998 681,917

(as part of Democratic Alliance)

42.8%
35 / 80
Decrease 7
2003 379,066 25.7%
21 / 80
Decrease 14
2008 500,040 28.27%
27 / 80
Increase 6
2013 656,301 29.25%
27 / 80
Steady
2018 420,821 17.74%
17 / 80
Decrease 10

Senate elections[edit]

Senate
Election Votes % Seats +/–
1993 409,728 36.2%
17 / 45
Increase 17
1998 661,764

(as part of Democratic Alliance)

42.1%
20 / 45
Decrease 5
2003 374,854 25.4%
12 / 45
Decrease 8
2008 507,413 28.92%
14 / 45
Increase 2
2013 588,054 26.17%
13 / 45
Decrease 1
2018 570,205 24.18%
13 / 45
Steady

Notes[edit]

The Democratic Alliance was an alliance of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party and the National Encounter Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2016-05-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), Liberal International, www.liberal-international.org.
  2. ^ Silva, Tamy Amorim da (2016). Memórias sobre uma Dama Valente: Carmen de Lara Castro e a Ditadura Stronista (1967–1989) [Memories of a valiant woman: Carmen de Lara Castro and the Stronista Dictatorship (1967-1989)] (PDF) (master's degree) (in Portuguese). Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. p. 169. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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