Radical Party of Chile (2018)

The Radical Party of Chile (Spanish: Partido Radical de Chile), is a social-democratic political party in Chile.

Radical Party of Chile
Partido Radical de Chile
LeaderCarlos Maldonado
Secretary-GeneralMauricio Andrews
Chief of DeputiesJosé Pérez
Founded18 August 1994; 27 years ago (1994-08-18)
Merger ofRadical Party and Social Democracy Party
HeadquartersMiraflores 495 Santiago
Youth wingJuventud Radical
Membership (2017)30,779 (5th)[1]
Political positionCentre[5][6] to centre-left[7]
National affiliationNueva Mayoría (until 2018)
Progressive Convergence (2018–)
Constituent Unity (2020–)
Regional affiliationCOPPPAL
International affiliationSocialist International[8]
Colours  Red
Chamber of Deputies
8 / 155
0 / 43
Regional Councils
12 / 278
9 / 345
Communal Councils
171 / 2,224

The party was founded as the Social Democrat Radical Party (Partido Radical Socialdemócrata)[9][10] on 18 August 1994 out of a union between the Radical Party and the Social Democracy Party, both of which had received poor results in the parliamentary elections. The unified party adopted its current name in 2018.

The party supported Ricardo Lagos in the 1999–2000 presidential elections, who won 48.0% in the first round and was elected with 51.3% in the second round. At the 2001 legislative elections, the party won as part of the Concertación six out of 120 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and no seats in the Senate. This changed at the 2005 legislative elections to seven and one, respectively. In 2009, it won five congress seats and one senate seat.

The party is a member of Socialist International and participant in the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Executive boardEdit

The current party executive assumed in August 2018.

Position Name
President Carlos Maldonado
First Vice President Alberto Robles MP
Second Vice President Marcela Hernando
Third Vice President Fernando Meza MP
Vice President for Women Jacqueline Castillo
Secretary-General Mauricio Andrews
Under-secretary General Leonardo Cubillos
Secretary for Control and Organisation Oscar Araya
Treasurer Mario Perez
Secretary for Regions Eduardo Vivanco
Electoral Secretary Rosa Fuenzalida
International Secretary Ricardo Navarrete
Secretary for Communications Robert Guevara

Leaders of the PRSD (1994–present)Edit

Leader Titles in office Took office Left office Notes
Anselmo Sule Senator for O'Higgins (until 1998) 18 August 1994 7 June 2002
(died in office)
First directly elected leader of the PRSD.
Orlando Cantuarias (acting) None 7 June 2002 25 October 2002 Acting leader after Sule's death
Patricio Tombolini Under-Secretary for Transport 25 October 2002 7 January 2003[11] Second directly elected leader. Resigned after a Corruption scandal (Caso Coimas) as the First Deputy Leader.
Orlando Cantuarias (acting) None 7 January 2003[11] 3 April 2004[12] Acting leader after Tombolini's resignation as the First Deputy Leader.
Augusto Parra (acting) Senator appointed by the President of Chile as a former chancellor of the University of Concepción 3 April 2004 19 April 2004[13] Appointed as Acting leader by the PRSD National Committee
Enrique Silva Cimma Senator appointed by the Comptroller General of Chile 19 April 2004[13] 28 February 2005 Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Committee
José Antonio Gómez Urrutia Senator for Antofagasta 28 February 2005 30 December 2009[14][15] Third directly elected leader. Resigned after the 2009 Chilean parliamentary election
Fernando Meza (acting) MP for Toltén valley 30 December 2009[14][15] 21 January 2010[16] Acting leader after Gomez's resignation as the First Deputy Leader.
José Antonio Gómez Urrutia Senator for Antofagasta 21 January 2010[16] 15 March 2014[17] Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Committee
Ricardo Navarrete (acting) None 15 March 2014[17] 16 May 2014[18] Acting leader after Gomez's resignation as the First Deputy Leader. He resigned to be Chilean ambassador in Colombia.
Iván Mesías Lehu (acting) None 16 May 2014[18] 4 August 2014 Acting leader after Navarrete's resignation as the Second Deputy Leader.
Ernesto Velasco None 4 August 2014[19] Incumbent Fourth directly elected leader of the party.

Election resultsEdit

Due to its membership in the Concert of Parties for Democracy, the party has endorsed the candidates of other parties on several occasions. Presidential elections in Chile are held using a two-round system, the results of which are displayed below.

Presidential electionsEdit

Elections for President of Chile
Date Candidate Party Round I Round II Result
% %
1999 Ricardo Lagos PPD 48.0 51.3 Victory
2005 Michelle Bachelet PS 46.0 53.5 Victory
2009 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle PDC 29.6 48.4 Defeat
2013 Michelle Bachelet PS 46.7 62.2 Victory
2017 Alejandro Guillier Independent 22.7 45.4 Defeat
2021 Yasna Provoste PDC

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ratificaciones mas Afiliaciones por Partidos". 15 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Daniela Andrea Fuentes, María Ovalle Jara, Karim Pavez Carpim y Sofía Pollmann. (2002). "Análisis del Discurso del Partido Radical Socialdemócrata" (PDF).CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Radicalismo Chileno: Historia y Doctrina del Partido Radical autor=Peter G. Snow". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23.
  4. ^ Alberto Aggio (2008). "La Cultura Política del Radicalismo Chileno en clave de la Revolución pasiva". Política y culturas políticas en América Latina (70): 141–168. ISSN 1134-2277. JSTOR 41320072.
  5. ^ Bizzarro, Salvatore (2005). Historical Dictionary of Chile (Third ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 559.
  6. ^ Lamb, Peter; Docherty, James C. (2006). Historical Dictionary of Socialism (Second ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 314.
  7. ^ Meyer, Peter J. (2010), Chile: Political and Economic Conditions and U. S. Relations, Congressional Research Service, p. 17
  8. ^ "Partidos miembros de la Internacional Socialista". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  9. ^ Pribble, Jennifer (2013), Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin America and the United States, Cambridge University Press, p. xv
  10. ^ Siavelis, Peter (2006), "Accommodating Informal Institutions and Democracy in Chile", Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 44
  11. ^ a b "Tombolini renunció a la presidencia del PRSD". EMOL. 7 January 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Renuncia presidente del PRSD por traspié en Consejo Nacional". Nacion.cl. 4 April 2004. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Silva Cimma quedó en la presidencia del PRSD". La Nación. 20 May 2004. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Tras dura crítica de Frei, Gómez renuncia a presidencia del Partido Radical". EMOL. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  15. ^ a b "José Antonio Gómez renunció a la presidencia del Partido Radical". EMOL. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Meza oficializa renuncia y Gómez reasumirá presidencia del PRSD". EMOL. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  17. ^ a b Partido Radical Socialdemócrata. "Ricardo Navarrete asume presidencia del PRSD". Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile - Presidenta Bachelet designa nuevo Embajador en Colombia".
  19. ^ http://impresa.elmercurio.com/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?dt=2014-08-05&dtB=05-08-2014%200:00:00&PaginaId=2&bodyid=3 Ernesto Velasco asume presidencia del PRSD

Further readingEdit

  • Arundel, Dietmar (2013). Over the Edge: Leftpopulists in the Early 21st Century in Latin America. North Dakota State University Press.

External linksEdit