Liberal-Republican Union

The Liberal-Republican Union (Spanish: Unión Liberal-Republicana, ULR) was a Chilean right-wing political party founded in December 1987 from the merger of the Liberal and Republican parties. Its president was Hugo Zepeda Barrios and its secretary general was Gabriel Leon Echaíz.[1]

Liberal-Republican Union
Unión Liberal-Republicana
FoundedDecember 1987
Dissolved30 August 1988
Preceded byLiberal and Republican parties
Merged intoLiberal Party
HeadquartersSantiago, Chile
Social liberalism
Political positionCentre to Centre-right

This amalgam was prompted by the lack of significant ideological differences between liberals and Republicans. Still, a conservative Republican sector refused to join the ULR, as some liberals who were critics of the opposition attitude of his party. The latter withdrew from the Liberal Party to create the Liberal Democrat Party.[2]

It was declared a defender of individual freedoms, democracy and human rights declared. In economic matters, he defended the freedom of enterprise and private property, recognition of the social function the same as its fundamental limit.[2]

It was a member of the Democratic Alliance and on February 2, 1988 signed with other 14 parties the call to vote "No" in the plebiscite to be held in October of that year, making it one of the founders of the Coalition of Parties for Democracy.[3][1][2][4]

On August 30, 1988, he changed its name to Liberal Party and initiated proceedings before the Electoral Service to be legally constituted as a political party.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b Eugenio Ortega Frei (1992). "Historia de una alianza política: el partido Socialista de Chile y el partido Demócrata Cristiano: 1973-1988" (PDF). Memoria Chilena (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Friedmann, Reinhard (1988). La Política Chilena de la A a la Z (in Spanish). Santiago, Chile: Melquíades.
  3. ^ "Beating Pinochet at His Own Game : By Mobilizing Now, Chileans Can Say 'No' at Plebiscite". Los Angeles Times. 21 March 1988. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ "1988: Concertación de Partidos por el NO". EMOL (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ Servicio Electoral de Chile. "EXTRACTO DE RESOLUCION EXENTA NO. 1.096, DE 1988" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 July 2016.