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|Vice President||Tomasz Rzymkowski|
|Secretary General||Tomasz Brzezina|
|Founded||14 November 1987 (as a society) |
6 December 1990 (as a party)
|Headquarters||ul. Złota 7/18, 00-019 Warsaw|
|National affiliation||National Movement |
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The party's goals are to create a minimal state, restricted to basic functions such as:
- Assuring citizen's safety.
- Assuring required infrastructure to effective government operation.
- Primary and secondary education financed by the government.
- Minimum pension for retired people.
- Funding healthcare for seriously ill and bedridden people.
Popular support and funding
In the 1990s and 2000s UPR consistently had the support of 1–2% of voters in general elections, too low to receive public funding under Polish electoral law. As a consequence, it has faced prolonged financial difficulties since its inception. In the 1991 legislative election, the party won 3 seats.
UPR's candidates commenced their political campaign from its short-lived satellite party Janusz Korwin-Mikke's Platform ("Platforma Janusza Korwin-Mikke"). The PJKM also did not manage to cross the required 5% threshold in the 2005 parliamentary elections (it got only 1.57%).
In the parliamentary election in 2007, the UPR candidates campaigned in cooperation with the League of Polish Families but did not enter into a formal coalition. The list on which both the UPR and the League appeared saw the UPR get 1.5% votes. This was insufficient to get any of their candidates into the lower house ("Sejm") and therefore the UPR remains unable to obtain public funding.
In October 2009 Janusz Korwin-Mikke left the party and its another former chairman, Stanisław Michalkiewicz, resigned from his honorary membership. In the following years, party became more nationalist.
UPR cooperated with National Movement in the European Parliament election in 2014, Polish local elections in 2014 and the presidential election in 2015. In the Polish parliamentary election in 2015, the whole National Movement stand for the Sejm from the lists of Kukiz'15.
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke (1990–1997)
- Stanisław Michalkiewicz (1997–1999)
- Janusz Korwin-Mikke (1999–2003)
- Stanisław Wojtera (2003–2005)
- Jacek Boroń (2005)
- Wojciech Popiela (2005–2008)
- Bolesław Witczak (2008–2011)
- Bartosz Józwiak (2011–)
A special colour variation of St George's Cross is used here as a traditional symbol of a struggle for principles. The colours of the flag represent: a struggle for allegiance (blue), virtue (white) and liberty (black).
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