People's Party (Puerto Rico)

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The People's Party (PP) (Spanish: Partido del Pueblo, PP) was a political party in Puerto Rico, founded by Roberto Sánchez Vilella in 1968.[1] It was also known as el Partido del Sol (the Party of the Sun) from its logo which featured a bright yellow rising sun.

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In 1964, Partido Popular Democratico (PPD) candidate Roberto Sánchez Vilella had become the second governor to be democratically elected in Puerto Rico.[2] The party remained in power until 1968, when Luis A. Ferré, of the newly founded Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), won the elections due to the PDP's big division of 1968. This division was the result of the personal and irreconcilable differences between the PPD's founder, Luis Muñoz Marín, and then current governor, Roberto Sánchez Vilella.[3]

Luis Muñoz Marín had opposed Sánchez Vilella's attempt to run for reelection and at a party assembly party-founder Muñoz Marín nominated Luis Negrón López as his new candidate for governor. The nomination caused a deep division in the PPD prompting Sánchez Vilella to create a new party, the Partido del Pueblo (People's Party).[4] The new party's motto was "que el pueblo decida" ("let the people decide"), a motto clearly directed at Muñoz Marín who denied Sánchez Vilella of a primary.

Sánchez Vilella ran as candidate for governor under this new party and Negrón López ran under the PPD banner. The result was a split among PPD's voters, leading to the first victory by Luis A. Ferré of the PNP (Partido Nuevo Progresista) in the 1968 elections and the PPD's defeat in the 1968 general election.

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