Social Democrat Radical Party
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|Chief of Deputies||Marcos Espinoza|
|Founded||August 18, 1994|
|Merger of||Radical Party and Social Democracy Party|
|Youth wing||Juventud Radical|
|Membership (2009)||86,999 (5th)|
|Political position||Centre to centre-left|
|National affiliation||Nueva Mayoría|
|International affiliation||Socialist International|
|Colours||Blue and Red|
|Chamber of Deputies||
6 / 120
0 / 38
12 / 278
14 / 345
126 / 2,224
The Social Democrat Radical Party (Partido Radical Socialdemócrata, PRSD, also translated as "Radical Social Democratic Party") is a social democratic political party in Chile. The party is a member of Socialist International.
The party supported Ricardo Lagos in the 1999/2000 presidential elections, who won 48.0% in the first round and was elected with 51.3% in the second round. At the last legislative elections, 16 December 2001, the party won as part of the Concertación 6 out of 120 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and no seats in the Senate. This changed at the 2005 elections to 7 and 1, respectively. In 2009, it won 5 congress seats and 1 senate seat.
Leaders of the PRSD (1994-present)
|Leader||Titles in office||Took office||Left office||Notes|
|Anselmo Sule||Senator for O'Higgins (till 1998)||18 August 1994||7 June 2002 (Died in office.)||First direct elected leader of the PRSD.|
|Orlando Cantuarias (acting)||None||7 June 2002||25 October 2002||Acting leader after Sule's death|
|Patricio Tombolini||Under-Secretary for Transport||25 October 2002||7 January 2003||Second direct elected leader. Resigned after a Corruption scandal (Caso Coimas) as the First Deputy Leader.|
|Orlando Cantuarias (acting)||None||7 January 2003||3 April 2004||Acting leader after Tombolini's resignation as the First Deputy Leader.|
|Augusto Parra (acting)||Senator appointed by the President of Chile as a former chancellor of the University of Concepción||3 April 2004||19 April 2004||Appointed as Acting leader by the PRSD National Comitee|
|Enrique Silva Cimma||Senator appointed by the Comptroller General of Chile||19 April 2004||28 February 2005||Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Comitee|
|José Antonio Gómez Urrutia||Senator for Antofagasta||28 February 2005||30 December 2009||Third direct elected leader. Resigned after the Chilean parliamentary election, 2009|
|Fernando Meza (acting)||MP for Toltén valley||30 December 2009||21 January 2010>||Acting leader after Gomez's resignation as the First Deputy Leader.|
|José Antonio Gómez Urrutia||Senator for Antofagasta||21 January 2010||15 March 2014||Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Comitee|
|Ricardo Navarrete (acting)||none||15 March 2014||16 May 2014||Acting leader after Gomez's resignation as the First Deputy Leader. He resigned to be Chilean embassador in Colombia.|
|Iván Mesías Lehu (acting)||none||16 May 2014||4 August 2014||Acting leader after Navarrete's resignation as the Second Deputy Leader.|
|Ernesto Velasco||none||4 August 2014||Incumbent||Fourth direct elected leader of the party.|
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Library of Congress Country Studies.
- Estadistica de cantidad de afiliados a partidos politicos, al 14/08/2009
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