National Encounter Party

The National Encounter Party (Spanish: Partido Encuentro Nacional, PEN) is a political party in Paraguay.

National Encounter Party
Partido Encuentro Nacional
LeaderFernando Camacho
Founded26 October 1991
HeadquartersAsunción
IdeologySocial democracy
Third Way
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationConcertación
Chamber of Deputies
2 / 80
Senate
0 / 45
Website
www.encuentronacional.org.py

HistoryEdit

The National Encounter Movement was established on 26 October 1991. Prior to the 1993 elections the National Encounter Party was established as a coalition of the Revolutionary Febrerista Party, the Christian Democratic Party, Asuncion for All and a breakaway faction of the Colorado Party.[1] The elections saw the party receive 17.9% of the national vote, becoming the country's third largest party with nine seats in the Chamber of Deputies and eight in the Senate. Together with the Authentic Radical Liberal Party (PLRA), it held a majority in the Chamber of Deputies opposed to the ruling Colorado Party. Its candidate in the presidential election, Guillermo Caballero Vargas, received 24.1% of the vote.

For the 1998 general elections the party formed an alliance with the PLRA named the Democratic Alliance, with the party's President, Carlos Filizzola, providing the alliance's Vice-Presidential candidate. However, the PEN was reduced to eight seats in the Chamber and seven in the Senate as the Colorado Party regained their majority in both houses, and the alliance's presidential candidate, Domingo Laino finished second with 43.9% of the vote.[2][3] In 2000 Filizzola, who had been the party's President from April 1996 to March 1999, led his Movimiento Participación Amplia, Integración Solidaridad (PAIS) faction out of the party to form the Party for a Country of Solidarity.[3]

By the 2003 elections support for the party had dwindled, and it won only one seat in the Senate and none in the Chamber of Deputies, whilst its presidential candidate, Diego Abente Brun received just 0.6% of the vote. For the 2008 elections the party joined the Patriotic Alliance for Change, which won two seats in the Chamber.

Electoral historyEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
1993 Guillermo Caballero Vargas 262,407 24.39% Lost  N
1998 Supported Domingo Laíno (PLRA) 703,379 43.88% Lost  N
2003 Diego Abente Brun 8,745 0.58% Lost  N
2008 Supported Fernando Lugo (PDC) 766,502 42.40% Elected  Y

Chamber of Deputies electionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/–
1993 199,053 17.7%
9 / 80
  9
1998 681,917

(as part of Democratic Alliance)

42.8%
35 / 80
  26
2003 39,372 2.7%
0 / 80
  35
2008 14,227 0.80%
0 / 80
 
2013 108,662 4.84%
2 / 80
  2
2018 75,514 3.18%
2 / 80
 

Senate electionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/–
1993 203,213 17.9%
8 / 80
  8
1998 661,764

(as part of Democratic Alliance)

42.1%
20 / 45
  12
2003 31,212 2.1%
1 / 45
  19
2008 20,843 1.19%
0 / 45
 
2013 78,460 3.49%
1 / 45
  1
2018 30,365 1.29%
0 / 45
  1

NotesEdit

The Democratic Alliance was an alliance of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party and the National Encounter Party

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nohlen 2005, p. 427.
  2. ^ Nohlen 2005, p. 436.
  3. ^ a b "Senador Carlos Alberto Filizzola Pallarés" (in Spanish). Senate of Paraguay. Archived from the original on 2007-05-15.

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