||This article needs additional citations for verification. (February 2012)
Copei is a Christian democratic party in Venezuela. The acronym stands for Comité de Organización Política Electoral Independiente ("Political Electoral Independent Organization Committee"). The party sometimes uses the appendices Partido Social Cristiano ("Social Christian Party") or Partido Popular ("Popular Party"). It was founded on January 13, 1946, by Rafael Caldera, who later served as president under the party's banner. Copei, along with Democratic Action, was the dominant Venezuelan party from 1958 to 1998. The only other Copei member to become president of Venezuela was Luis Herrera Campins, between 1979 and 1983. The party's leaders were Lorenzo Fernández, Eduardo Fernández and Oswaldo Álvarez Paz.
In the 2000 legislative elections the party won 5 of 165 seats in the National Assembly; 4 additional seats were won by an alliance with Democratic Action. In the 2005 legislative elections Copei staged an electoral boycott and so did not win any seats in the National Assembly. In the 2010 parliamentary election, Copei was part of the broad oppositional Coalition for Democratic Unity and won 8 of the 165 seats. Copei provides the governor of one of Venezuela's 23 states: César Pérez Vivas, who has been governor of Táchira since 2009.
Venezuelan Presidents by COPEI 
- ^ Crisp, Brian F.; Levine, Daniel H.; Molina, Jose E. (2003), "The Rise and Decline of COPEI in Venezuela", Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts (Stanford University Press): 275
- ^ Pérez Vivas es el nuevo Gobernador del Táchira, La Nación (San Cristóbal) (Spanish)
External links