Liberal Initiative (Portugal)

The Liberal Initiative (Portuguese: Iniciativa Liberal) is a Portuguese political party led by João Cotrim de Figueiredo.[4] It is a classical liberal party that advocates for more economic, political and civil freedoms and less state intervention.[5][6][7] It won one seat in the 2019 Portuguese legislative election.[8]

Liberal Initiative

Iniciativa Liberal
AbbreviationIL
PresidentJoão Cotrim de Figueiredo
Secretary-GeneralMiguel Rangel
Founded13 December 2017 (as a party)
IdeologyClassical liberalism
Political positionCentre-right[1][2][3]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colors  Sky blue
Assembly of the Republic
1 / 230
European Parliament
0 / 21
Regional
Parliaments
1 / 104
Local
Government
0 / 2,074
Website
www.iniciativaliberal.pt

HistoryEdit

The party was created as an association in 2016, and was approved as a party by the Constitutional Court in 2017.[9] The party was admitted to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, a European political party, in November 2017.[10]

The party ran for election for the first time in the 2019 European Parliament election in Portugal, garnering 0.9% of the votes, and failing to win any seats in the European Parliament.[11]

In the 2019 legislative election, the party won a single seat in the Portuguese Parliament through the electoral district of Lisbon, earning 67,681 votes in total, equivalent to 1.29% of the votes cast.[8]

Electoral resultsEdit

Assembly of the RepublicEdit

Election Assembly of the Republic Government Size Leader Notes
Votes % ±pp Seats won +/−
2019 67,681 1.3%
1 / 230
Opposition 8th Carlos Guimarães Pinto

European ParliamentEdit

Election European Parliament Size Candidate
Votes % ±pp Seats won +/
2019 29,120 0.9%
0 / 21
11th Ricardo Arroja

Regional AssembliesEdit

Regional Assemblies
Region Last
Election
No. of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
Seats Government
No. ± Position
Azores 2020 2,012 1.9 (7th)
1 / 57
7th Opposition; negotiated the approval of the Government's program[12]
Madeira 2019 762 0.5 (12th)
0 / 47
12th Extra-parliamentary

List of leadersEdit

 
João Cotrim de Figueiredo, the party's current leader.
Name Start End
1st Miguel Ferreira da Silva 13 December 2017 13 October 2018
2nd Carlos Guimarães Pinto 13 October 2018 8 December 2019
3rd João Cotrim de Figueiredo 8 December 2019 Present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.politico.eu/article/antonio-costa-portugal-elections/
  2. ^ https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1185381/portugal-vs-spain-elections-politics-polls-latest-news
  3. ^ https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/analyse-markets/portugal/economic-political-outline
  4. ^ "A Iniciativa | Iniciativa Liberal" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  5. ^ "What is Iniciativa Liberal? - More Political, Social and Economic Freedom". iniciativaliberal.pt. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ "Valores | Iniciativa Liberal" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  7. ^ "Identidade | Iniciativa Liberal" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  8. ^ a b "Legislativas 2019 - Resultados Globais". www.legislativas2019.mai.gov.pt. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  9. ^ "Iniciativa Liberal já é um partido". ECO. December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Europeias 2019 - Resultados Globais". www.eleicoes.mai.gov.pt. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  12. ^ "Açores. PSD aceita reduzir funcionários públicos e privatizar empresas, mas nem assim Iniciativa Liberal garante aprovar orçamentos". Jornal Expresso.

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