Commitment to Change

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Commitment to Change
Compromiso para el Cambio
Leader Mauricio Macri
Founded 2 April 2003
Dissolved 1 April 2008
Headquarters Buenos Aires
Ideology Liberal conservatism
Political position Centre-right
Colours Blue

Commitment to Change (Spanish: Compromiso para el Cambio) was a centre-right political party in Argentina, principally active in the city of Buenos Aires.

History[edit]

Mauricio Macri in 2007.

The party was led by Mauricio Macri, businessman and chairman of Boca Juniors football club. The party was conceived as a source for new politicians, as the major parties were discredited after the December 2001 riots in Argentina.[1] It has been active since he stood to be Mayor of Buenos Aires in 2003. He won the first round[2] but lost the runoff election with 47% of the popular vote to Aníbal Ibarra.[3] The party did however win a large number of members of the city legislature.

In 2003 Commitment to Change also won five seats in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Argentine Congress.[2] In 2005 the party teamed up with the centre-right party of Ricardo López Murphy, Recreate for Growth, principally active in Buenos Aires Province. The new alliance was named Republican Proposal - Propuesta Republicana or usually PRO. The front won nine deputies in the 2005 legislative elections. Macri became a deputy in 2005.[4]

Ahead of the 2007 elections, Macri and López Murphy have been in discussions with Jorge Sobisch, governor of Neuquén Province and likely presidential candidate in 2007, to create a nationwide centre-right political force. López Murphy has fallen out with Sobisch. Macri withdrew his support to Sobisch after the scandal of the death of the teacher Fuentealba during a demonstration in Neuquen.[5]

On 2 April 2008, Commitment to Change replaced its name to Republican Proposal.[6] A year later, Recreate for Growth was absorbed by Republican Proposal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sergio Oviedo (March 4, 2003). ""Voy a ganar porque represento el cambio que todos están pidiendo"" ["I'll win because I represent the change that everyone is asking for"] (in Spanish). Gente. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Macri le gana a Ibarra y hay ballottage" [Macri defeats Ibarra and there is ballotage] (in Spanish). La Nación. August 25, 2003. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Macri estableció un nuevo récord en la ciudad" [Macri set a new score in the city] (in Spanish). La Nación. August 1, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Macri's profile". Terra.com.ar. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Macri volvió a tomar distancia del gobernador Jorge Sobisch". Lanacion.com.ar. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Cambio de Nombre (in Spanish)

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