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Actúa (English: Act) is a Spanish left-wing political party founded by the ex-leader of United Left (IU) Gaspar Llamazares and the former judge Baltasar Garzón.

Actúa

Act
FoundersGaspar Llamazares
Baltasar Garzón
Founded3 September 2017 (2017-09-03)[1]
HeadquartersC/ Ribera de Curtidores, nº 37, Local 5, Madrid
Youth wingJóvenes que Actúan
IdeologyProgressivism
Federalism
Republicanism
Laicité
Ecologism[2][3]
Political positionLeft-wing
European affiliation
Local Government (2019)[5]
11 / 67,515
Website
reaccionayactua.com

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HistoryEdit

Actúa was registered as a political party in 2017, as the continuation of a political platform of the same name. Most of its original members are people from Open Left unhappy with the current direction of IU and members of the "Civic Coexistence" platform.[6][7] The main promoters of the initiative are Gaspar Llamazares and Baltasar Garzón. The first manifesto of the organization was signed, among others, by José Antonio Martín Pallín, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Cristina Almeida, Lina Gálvez, Teresa Aranguren, Carlos Berzosa, Luis García Montero, Almudena Grandes and Antonio Gutiérrez.[8] After Actúa was registered some of the signers, like Antonio Gutiérrez or Martín Pallín, distanced themselves from the new party.[9]

In 2018 Actúa joined European Spring, the transnational movement led by Yanis Varoufakis.[10] In December 2018, Actúa held his first political conference, in which the party expressed the "firm intention to run in the upcoming European, regional and municipal elections".[11] The party has also expressed its willingness to participate in the candidacies of Más Madrid.[12]

PositionsEdit

According to Antonio Elorza, the initiative—as it was presented in 2017—had to be understood within the framework of the new movements that emerged in Europe after the decomposition of the traditional social democracy and democratic communism, presenting as main priorities the fight against inequality, the removal of the People's Party from power, ecology and anti-corruption measures.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Registro de partidos políticos. Ministerio del Interior.
  2. ^ Elorza, A. (2017). Actúa. El País.
  3. ^ ¿Quiénes somos?. Actúa.
  4. ^ European Spring Webpage (retrieved on 10 June 2019)
  5. ^ "Actúa logra 11 concejales en toda España, agradece el apoyo a simpatizantes y militantes y abre un periodo de reflexión interna y diálogo con el resto de la izquierda para su recomposición" (in Spanish).
  6. ^ E. B. (2017). Baltasar Garzón y Llamazares registran a Actúa como partido político. El Boletín.
  7. ^ Precedo, J. (2017). La plataforma cívica de Llamazares y Baltasar Garzón se registra como partido en el Ministerio del Interior. eldiario.es
  8. ^ Elorza, A. (2017). Actúa. El País.
  9. ^ Precedo, J. (2017). Martín Pallín y Antonio Gutiérrez se desvinculan del nuevo partido de Baltasar Garzón y Llamazares. eldiario.es.
  10. ^ EFE (2018). El nuevo partido de Garzón y Llamazares se presentará a las elecciones de 2019. La Razón.
  11. ^ EFE (2018). Actúa concurrirá a las elecciones europeas, autonómicas y municipales de 2019. Público.
  12. ^ MDO/E.P. (2018). El partido Actúa se integrará en la plataforma Más Madrid de Carmena. Madrid Diario.
  13. ^ Elorza, A. (2017). Actúa. El País.

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