Renewed Democratic Liberty

Renewed Democratic Liberty (Spanish: Libertad Democrática Renovada, LIDER, sometimes also translated as Democratic Freedom Revival[4] or Renewed Democratic Liberation)[5] was a centre-right political party in Guatemala.[5]

Renewed Democratic Liberty
Libertad Democrática Renovada
Secretary-GeneralRoberto Villarte
FoundedNovember 25, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-11-25)
DissolvedFebruary 16, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-02-16)
Split fromNational Unity of Hope
Headquarters13 calle 2-52 zona 1, Guatemala City
Youth wingJoven LIDER
Political positionCentre-right[3]
Regional affiliationCenter-Democratic Integration Group

It was founded as a parliamentary group by defectors from the then governing National Unity of Hope party of President Álvaro Colom in 2008.[5] It was officially registered as a political party in 2010. At the end of the 2007-2011 legislature, the Independent Renewed Democratic Liberty parliamentary bloc included 25 out of the 158 deputies in the Congress of the Republic,[6] where it formed a parliamentary alliance with the conservative Grand National Alliance (GANA).

On July 25, 2016 the party was cancelled by the Supreme Electoral Court due to constant breaking of the Electoral and Political Parties Law.[7]

History Edit

For the 2011 presidential election and the 2015 Guatemalan election, the party's secretary-general and candidate was Manuel Baldizón.

In the 2011 election, Baldizón polled in second place in both the first round and second round of the election, with 23 percent and 46 percent of the votes cast, respectively.

In the 2015 election, he polled in third place, with 19.6 percent of the votes cast, and thus did not go onto the runoff election to select the president.

According to Insight Crime, the Renewed Democratic Liberty has strong ties with groups of drug traffickers.[8]

2011 legislative election Edit

In the September 11, 2011 Legislative Election, LIDER won 8.9% of the vote and 14 seats in Congress. Presidential Candidate Manuel Baldizón placed second in the Presidential Race with 23.2% of the votes (1,038,287 votes), eventually losing in the November 6 run-off to conservative Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party (PP). Baldizón got 1,981,003 votes or 46.26% of the votes.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Wahlkrimi in Guatemala: Knapper Kampf um Stichwahl". Die Zeit. 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ Danilo Valladares (12 September 2011). "Retired General and Populist in Duel for Presidency". IPS Inter Press Service.
  3. ^ Cedar Attanasio (21 May 2015). "Guatemala Elections 2015: Arrest Of Central Bank Chief Latest Blow To Otto Fernando Pérez Molina Administration". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Otto Perez Molina, Manuel Baldizon & Eduardo Suger Head for Runoff in Guatemala, Fox News Latino, 12 Sep 2011, retrieved 13 Sep 2011
  5. ^ a b c Rosenberg, Mica; McDonald, Mike (12 Sep 2011), Retired general leads Guatemala vote, faces run-off, Reuters, retrieved 13 Sep 2011
  6. ^ Bloques Legislativos, Congreso de la Republica de Guatemala, (in Spanish). Retrieved on 13 Sep 2011.
  7. ^ TSE cancela a Líder, el partido de Manuel Baldizón, Prensa Libre, July 25, 2016
  8. ^ "Guatemala, le pays où la droite est reine". 28 October 2011.

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