Democratic Republican Union
|Democratic Republican Union
Unión Republicana Democrática
|Founded||18 December 1945|
|Ideology||Liberal democracy, Centrism, Nationalism, Reformism, Progressivism|
|Politics of Venezuela
The Democratic Republican Union (Spanish: Unión Republicana Democrática, URD) is a Venezuelan political party founded in 1945.
When the party appeared on course to win the 1952 election for a constitutional assembly, dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez suspended the election. The party joined in the 1958 Punto Fijo Pact, and its candidate in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1958, Wolfgang Larrazábal, was the runner up. The party resigned from the Punto Fijo Pact in 1962. Its candidate Jóvito Villalba won 19% of the vote in the 1963 election, but only 3% in the 1973 election.
Presidential candidates supported
elections where URD backed the winning candidate shown in bold
- 1952 election: Jóvito Villalba
- 1958 election: Wolfgang Larrazábal (34.88% of vote)
- 1963 election: Jóvito Villalba (18.89%)
- 1968 election: Miguel Ángel Burelli Rivas (22.22%)
- 1973 election: Jóvito Villalba (3.07%)
- 1978 election: Luis Herrera Campins (COPEI candidate)
- 1983 election: Jaime Lusinchi (Acción Democrática candidate)
- 1988 election: Ismenia Villalba (0.84%)
- 1993 election: Rafael Caldera (independent, backed by a coalition of anti-COPEI/Acción Democrática parties)
- 1998 election: Luis Alfaro Ucero (0.60%)
- 2000 election:
- 2006 election: Manuel Rosales (A New Era candidate)
- Historia viva, 2002-2003, Jorge Olavarría. 2003. (page 134).
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