Galician Unity

Galician Unity (Galician: Unidade Galega; UG) was a Galician nationalist and social democratic political coalition formed by the Galician Workers Party, Galician Socialist Party, and the Galicianist Party in 1979.

Galician Unity

Unidade Galega
Founded1979 (1979)
Dissolved1980 (1980)
IdeologyGalician nationalism
Progressivism
Factions:
Galician autonomy
Federalism
Socialism
Social-democracy
Social liberalism
Marxism
Political positionCentre to Left
Trade union affiliationCentral de Traballadores Galegos (CTG)
Local seats (1979-1982)
141 / 4,072
Provincial deputations of Galicia (1979-1982)
2 / 105
[1]

HistoryEdit

The coalition aimed at promoting a degree of autonomy and self-governance of Galicia from Spain equal to that of Catalonia and the Basque Country, other autonomous communities of Spain. The coalition also promoted the adoption of a statute of autonomy for Galicia (like the 1978 Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country and the 1979 Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia). This goal was achieved with the Galician Statute of Autonomy of 1981.[2]

UG obtained more than 58,000 votes in the 1979 Spanish general election, but failed to gain any parliamentary representation in the Cortes Generales. In the municipal elections of 1979, UG candidate Domingos Merino was elected mayor of A Coruña, the second largest city of Galicia. UG candidates were also elected mayors in Cambados, Narón, Rairiz de Veiga, Redondela, As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Touro, Vilaboa and Malpica de Bergantiños.

Galician Unity was largely absorbed into the Bloque Nacionalista Galego in 1982.

ElectionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats Mayors
Spanish general election, 1979 68,759 6.35%
141 / 4,072
9 / 312
Spanish general election, 1979 58,391 5.35%
0 / 350
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Historia Electoral: Diputaciones provinciales de Galicia.
  2. ^ Conde Muruais, Perfecto (18 January 1979). "Unidade Galega, primera coalición galleguista". El País (in Spanish).
  • Miguel Anxo Fernández Baz, A formación do nacionalismo galego contemporáneo (1963–1984), Santiago de Compostela, 2003.