Democratic Reform

Democratic Reform (Spanish: Reforma Democrática; RD) was a conservative and Spanish nationalist political party in Spain. RD was founded by a group of various personalities, that came from the moderate and technocratic wing of the Spanish State, and participated in the process of constitution of People's Alliance.

Democratic Reform

Reforma Democrática
AbbreviationRD
PresidentManuel Fraga
Secretary-GeneralCarlos Argos
Founded1976 (1976)
Dissolved1977 (1977)
Split fromFET y de las JONS
Merged intoPeople's Alliance
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain
IdeologyConservatism
Post-Francoism
Spanish nationalism[1]
Political positionRight-wing
National affiliationPeople's Alliance

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Under the Law of Political Associations approved by the Francoist Cortes Españolas in 1974, which, for the first time, authorized the creation of structures of political participation (political associations), as long as they were loyal to the principles of the Movimiento Nacional. Different moderate sectors of Francoist Spain were organized under the leadership of Manuel Fraga Iribarne, in order to form a conservative political group oriented to a limited reform of the Franco system.

With that end, the Cabinet for Guidance and Documentation (Godsa) was created in Madrid. GODSA published the documents: Libro Blanco para la Reforma Democrática and Llamamiento para una Reforma Democrática. Both documents formed the basis for RD, that was registered in the Registry of Political Associations of the Interior Ministry in October 1976, as a political association.

Democratic Reform and People's AllianceEdit

In December of that same year (1976) the First National Congress of RD, which elected Manuel Fraga Iribarne as its president and Carlos Argos García as the general secretary, was held.

In parallel with the deployment of Democratic Reform, Manuel Fraga Iribarne established contacts with other, relatively, moderate members of Francoist Spain, including former ministers and Laureano López Rodó and Federico Silva Muñoz. These contacts, culminating in the creation of the People's Alliance, divided the members of RD, some of which, as Gabriel Cisneros, left the project in January to protest the prospect of integration with other groups of the Francoist right.[2]

On 5, 6 and 7 March 1977 the Constituent Congress of AP as a political party was held in Madrid. The political associations that participated in the Congress were dissolved, including Democratic Reform, in the new party.

People linked with RDEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pascual, P. (1986). Partidos politicos y constitucionales en España. Fragua, DL.
  2. ^ "De cuando Alianza Popular nació con siete padrinos", El País, 8 october 2006.