Humanist Party (Chile)

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Humanist Party

Partido Humanista
LeaderOctavio González
Founded1984
HeadquartersAv. Condell 860, Providencia,
Santiago de Chile
Membership (2018)19,756 (6th)[1]
IdeologyHumanism
Democratic socialism
Libertarian socialism
Political positionLeft-wing
International affiliationHumanist International
Foro de São Paulo
ColoursOrange
Chamber of Deputies
5 / 155
Senate
0 / 43
Website
Official website

The Humanist Party (Spanish: Partido Humanista) is a progressive left-wing political party in Chile, founded in 1984.

In December 1990, Laura Rodríguez became the first elected representative of any Humanist Party in the world after winning a seat as part of the Concertación coalition, after Augusto Pinochet handed over power.

At the last legislative elections, 16 December 2001, the party won 1.1% of the vote but no seats. The party is a member of the Humanist International.

For the 2005 presidential elections, the Humanist Party was a member of the coalition Juntos Podemos Más (Together We Can Do/Achieve More). Their presidential candidate Tomás Hirsch won 5.37% of the vote in a 4-way race between Michelle Bachelet, Sebastián Piñera, and Joaquín Lavín in the 2005 elections. He polled 4th place and therefore did not make the runoff.[2]

On 12 March 2013 they selected economist and university professor Marcel Claude as their candidate for the 2013 presidential election.[3]

Since 2017, the Humanist party is part of the Broad Front, a new political coalition. Their presidential candidate was Beatriz Sánchez who had a surprising voting, winning 20.27 % of the votes; as well, the humanists won the elections of three deputies: Tomás Hirsch, Pamela Jiles and Florcita Motuda.

Presidential candidates[edit]

The following is a list of the presidential candidates supported by the Humanist Party. (Information gathered from the Archive of Chilean Elections).

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Official government election results Archived 2006-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Humanist Party proclaims economist Marcel Claude as their presidential candidate" (in Spanish). Bio Bio Nacional. 12 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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