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Progressive Reform Party (South Africa)

The Progressive Reform Party (Afrikaans: Progressiewe Reformiste Party) was a South African party that was formed on 26 July 1975 by the fusion of the Reform Party led by Harry Schwarz and Progressive Party led by Colin Eglin.[1] Harry Schwarz predicted that the merger would lead to a "new political dimension in South Africa".

Progressive Reform Party
LeaderColin Eglin
ChairmanHarry Schwarz
Founded25 July 1975
Dissolved1977 (merged with Committee for a United Opposition)
Preceded byReform Party and Progressive Party
Merged intoProgressive Federal Party

Colin Eglin was elected leader of the party While Harry Schwarz was made Chairman of the Federal Executive.

In 1977, the United Party merged with another small party to form the New Republic Party. A number of United Party members left to form the Committee for a United Opposition, which then joined the Progressive Reform Party to form the Progressive Federal Party with Colin Eglin as its leader.


  1. ^ "colin-wells-eglin". South African History Online. Retrieved 22 September 2016.