Justice First

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Justice First
Primero Justicia
Leader Henrique Capriles
Deputy Leaders Richard Mardo,
Carlos Ocariz
Coordinator Julio Borges
Founded 2000; 15 years ago (2000)
Headquarters Edif. Pofili, Urb. Los Palos Grandes, Maracaibo
Political position Centre-right[1][2][3][4][5]
National affiliation Coalition for Democratic Unity
International affiliation None
Colours           Yellow, black
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The Justice First (Spanish: Primero Justicia) is a centre-right political party in Venezuela. Founded in 1992 as a Civil Association, it became a political party in 2000.


Primero Justicia was created in, 1992 as a Civil Association by a group of university students (under the leadership of Alirio Abreu Burelli). They were concerned about what they saw as a deterioration of judicial power in the country. They joined their efforts to contribute to the reform of Venezuela's legal system. Abreu Burelli was magistrate of the federal Supreme Court of Justice and Vice President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS). The association entered the political arena as a result of the 1999 Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, during which they presented a draft for the country's new constitution. Primero Justicia became a political party in 2000,[6] initially as a regional party, and was registered as a national party with the National Electoral Council of Venezuela on 1 March 2002.[7]

In the July 2000 legislative elections, five members of Primero Justicia were elected as deputies to the National Assembly for a five-year term: Carlos Eduardo Ocariz Guerra, Gerardo Alberto Blyde Pérez, Julio Borges, Ramón José Medina Simancas and Liliana de los Ángeles Hernández Soto. Primero Justicia participated in the last minute opposition boycott of the 2005 elections, so they had no representatives in the assembly from 2005 to 2010.

This political movement's presidential candidate for the 2006 presidential elections was former congressman Julio Borges. He dropped out of the race after both he and Primero Justicia decided to support Manuel Rosales, then Mayor of Maracaibo, and former governor of Zulia State, for the presidency.

Henrique Capriles Radonski was elected governor of Miranda in 2008. The party had 6 deputies at the parliamentary elections of 2010: Tomas Guanipa in Zulia, Juan Carlos Caldera and Julio Borges in Miranda, Dinorah Figuera in the capital district, Richard Mardo in Aragua and Richard Arteaga in Anzoátegui.


On 13 October 2007, during his programmatic and ideological Congress called "Resteados con la Justicia Social", Justice First claimed himself a "humanist-progressive" party, with a political action focused on human being and aligned with the Integral humanism.

On March 2009, the party's national coordinator Julio Borges has said "The Venezuela live the state capitalism, not the socialism".[8] The party's economic position is seld-called "properties democratization", similar to a social market economy. In the 2012 Presidential election, Henrique Capriles described himself as humanist and progressive.

The party's values are liberty, progress, equality, solidarity, justice, subsidiarety and participation.[9]


  1. ^ Brading, Ryan (2013), Populism in Venezuela, Routledge, pp. 132, 152 
  2. ^ Brewer-Carías, Allan R. (2010), Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela: The Chávez Authoritarian Experiment, Cambridge University Press, p. 61 
  3. ^ McCoy, Jennifer; McCarthy, Michael (20 December 2012), "Despite Uncertainty, Venezuela's Political Scenarios Not All Bleak", World Politics Review 
  4. ^ de Córdoba, José (11 February 2012), "Venezuelans Aim to Challenge Chávez", The Wall Street Journal 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Mark P.; Olhero, Nelson (11 January 2008), "Venezuela: Political Conditions and U.S. Policy" (PDF), CRS Report for Congress: 12 
  6. ^ (Spanish) Primero Justicia, Historia, accessed 7 June 2012
  7. ^ (Spanish) Nunez Munoz, Ingrid and Pineda Moran, Nury (2003), "Nuevos Partidos, Nuevos Liderazgos: Primero Justicia", Cuestiones Politicas, 30, Jan-Jun 2003, pp45-74
  8. ^ Julio Borges (March 8, 2009). "Julio Borges: "Venezuela vive un capitalismo de Estado, no un socialismo"". Justice First. 
  9. ^ Julio Borges. "Valores para hacer futuro". Justice First. 

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