Liberal Party (Spain, 1976)

The Liberal Party (Spanish: Partido Liberal; PL) was a liberal political party in Spain founded in 1976.[2]

Liberal Party

Partido Liberal
FounderEnrique Larroque
Founded9 April 1976 (1976-04-09)
Dissolved15 March 1989 (1989-03-15)
Merged intoPeople's Party
IdeologyLiberalism
Political positionRight-wing[1]

HistoryEdit

The PL was initially scheduled to contest the 1977 Spanish general election within Adolfo Suárez's Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) platform, but on 8 May 1977 the party announced that it would withdraw from the UCD and would not be contesting the upcoming election.[3] It would then rejoin the UCD after the 1979 Spanish general election and until 1983, when it aligned itself with the People's Alliance (AP), the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Liberal Union (UL). On 22 December 1984 the latter merged into the Liberal Party. These three parties formed the People's Coalition for the 1986 election.

In 1989 the party, along with AP and PDP, merged to form the new People's Party (PP).[4]

Esperanza Aguirre, now a leading PP figure, was a Liberal member.

Electoral performanceEdit

Cortes GeneralesEdit

Cortes Generales
Election Congress Senate Leading candidate Status in legislature
Votes % # Seats +/– Seats +/–
1979 15,774 0.09% 30th
0 / 350
 0
0 / 208
 0 Enrique Larroque No seats
1986 Within AP–PDP–PL
12 / 350
 12
8 / 208
 8 Enrique Larroque Opposition

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Emil J. Kirchner (3 November 1988). Liberal Parties in Western Europe. Cambridge University Press. p. 426–. ISBN 978-0-521-32394-9.
  2. ^ "En octubre, congreso del Partido Liberal". ABC (in Spanish). 20 May 1976. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Última hora: El Partido Liberal abandona el Centro". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 8 May 1977. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Los liberales se incorporan al PP, pero mantienen las siglas". El País (in Spanish). 16 March 1989. Retrieved 31 July 2015.