Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth

Patriotyczny Ruch Odrodzenia Narodowego (PRON, English: Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth or National Renaissance Patriotic Movement) was a Polish popular front that ruled the Polish People's Republic. It was created in the aftermath of the martial law in Poland (1982). Gathering various pro-communist and pro-government organizations, it was attempted to show unity and support for the government and the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR). PRON was created in July 1982 and dissolved in November 1989.

Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth

Patriotyczny Ruch Odrodzenia Narodowego
Founded20 July 1982
Dissolved8 November 1989
HeadquartersWarsaw, Poland
IdeologyPro-government
Communism
Patriotism
Left-wing nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left

MembersEdit

The Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth included the following member parties:

Party Polish name Emblem Foundation Dissolution Ideology
Polish United Workers' Party Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza   21 December 1948 30 January 1990 Communism
United People's Party
Zjednoczone Stronnictwo Ludowe   27 November 1949 29 November 1989 Agrarian socialism
Alliance of Democrats Stronnictwo Demokratyczne   18 September 1937 Still active Centrism

It also included the following organizations when founded:

It was later joined by many other organizations, such as All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions, Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego and Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Dzieci. Few members of those organizations were aware of their membership in PRON, as PRON members included organizations, not individuals. PRON membership was required by communist propaganda, and necessary for any organization that wanted to exist on political scene with support of the government.

PRON was mentioned in the amended Polish communist constitution, where it replaced the Front of National Unity. Like its predecessor, it was dominated by the PZPR; the minor parties had to accept the PZPR's "leading role" as a condition of their continued existence.

PRON's chairman was the writer Jan Dobraczyński. The foundation committee included in addition to Dobraczyński: Marian Orzechowski, Janusz Reykowski, Andrzej Przypkowski, Edmund Męclewski, Jan Majewski, Andrzej Elbanowski, Józef Chlebowczyk, Władysław Ogrodziński, Walenty Milenuszkin, Wiesław Nowicki, Jerzy Stencel, Elżbieta Ciborowska, Jerzy Kejna, Piotr Perkowski, Józef Kiełb, Jerzy Ozdowski, Stanisław Rostworowski, Gizela Pawłowska, Zbigniew Gertych, Klemens Krzyżagórski, Anatola Klajna and Zbigniew Siatkowski.

It was the sole organisation to put forward candidates in the 1985 election, which proved to be the last elections in which no opposition candidates were permitted to run. As such, it won every seat in the Sejm.

As part of the Polish Round Table Agreement in April 1989 which paved the way for free elections in Poland, PRON was guaranteed 299 out of 460 Sejm seats (65%), with the remaining 161 up for free election with the opposition Solidarity. In the semi-elections that June, Solidarity won every contested seat in the Sejm as well as 99 out of 100 seats in the reestablished Senate. PRON effectively ceased to exist in August after the Democratic Party and United People's Party announced they would be forming an alliance with Solidarity. This reduced the PZPR to a minority in the chamber and precipitated the appointment of Poland's first non-Communist government since World War II. The Patriotic Movement for National Rebirth was formally disbanded in November 1989.

Electoral historyEdit

Sejm electionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1985 20,554,182 100%
460 / 460
    1st Sole legal coalition
1989 28.7%
(contested seats)
299 / 460
0 / 161
(contested seats)
 161   2nd Part of governing coalition

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