Social Democrat Radical Party

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Social Democrat Radical Party
Partido Radical Socialdemócrata
Leader Ernesto Velasco
Secretary-General Osvaldo Correa
Chief of Deputies Marcos Espinoza
Founded August 18, 1994
Merger of Radical Party and Social Democracy Party
Headquarters Miraflores 495
Santiago
Youth wing Juventud Radical
Membership  (2009) 86,999 (5th)[1]
Ideology Radicalism
Social liberalism
Political position Centre[2][3] to centre-left[4]
National affiliation Nueva Mayoría
International affiliation Socialist International[5]
Colours Blue and Red
Chamber of Deputies
6 / 120
Senate
0 / 38
Regional Councils
12 / 278
Mayors
14 / 345
Communal Councils
126 / 2,224
Website
http://www.partidoradical.cl/

The Social Democrat Radical Party (Partido Radical Socialdemócrata, PRSD, also translated as "Radical Social Democratic Party"[6][7]) is a social democratic political party in Chile. The party is a member of Socialist International.

The party was founded on August 18, 1994, out of a union between the Radical Party and the Social Democracy Party, both of which had received poor results in the parliamentary elections.

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)[edit]

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[8] Second direct elected leader. Resigned after a Corruption scandal (Caso Coimas) as the First Deputy Leader.
Orlando Cantuarias (acting) None 7 January 2003[8] 3 April 2004[9] 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[10] Appointed as Acting leader by the PRSD National Comitee
Enrique Silva Cimma Senator appointed by the Comptroller General of Chile 19 April 2004[10] 28 February 2005 Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Comitee
José Antonio Gómez Urrutia Senator for Antofagasta 28 February 2005 30 December 2009[11][12] Third direct elected leader. Resigned after the Chilean parliamentary election, 2009
Fernando Meza (acting) MP for Toltén valley 30 December 2009[11][12] 21 January 2010[13]> Acting leader after Gomez's resignation as the First Deputy Leader.
José Antonio Gómez Urrutia Senator for Antofagasta 21 January 2010[13] 15 March 2014[14] Appointed as Leader by the PRSD National Comitee
Ricardo Navarrete (acting) none 15 March 2014[14] 16 May 2014[15] 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[15] 4 August 2014 Acting leader after Navarrete's resignation as the Second Deputy Leader.
Ernesto Velasco none 4 August 2014[16] Incumbent Fourth direct elected leader of the party.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estadistica de cantidad de afiliados a partidos politicos, al 14/08/2009
  2. ^ Bizzarro, Salvatore (2005), Historical Dictionary of Chile (Third ed.), Scarecrow Press, p. 559 
  3. ^ Lamb, Peter; Docherty, James C. (2006), Historical Dictionary of Socialism (Second ed.), Scarecrow Press, p. 314 
  4. ^ Meyer, Peter J. (2010), Chile: Political and Economic Conditions and U. S. Relations, Congressional Research Service, p. 17 
  5. ^ http://www.lainternacionalsocialista.org/viewArticle.cfm?ArticlePageID=931
  6. ^ Pribble, Jennifer (2013), Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin America and the United States, Cambridge University Press, p. xv 
  7. ^ Siavelis, Peter (2006), "Accommodating Informal Institutions and Democracy in Chile", Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 44 
  8. ^ a b "Tombolini renunció a la presidencia del PRSD". EMOL. 7 January 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Renuncia presidente del PRSD por traspié en Consejo Nacional". Nacion.cl. 4 April 2004. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Silva Cimma quedó en la presidencia del PRSD". La Nación. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Tras dura crítica de Frei, Gómez renuncia a presidencia del Partido Radical". EMOL. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "José Antonio Gómez renunció a la presidencia del Partido Radical". EMOL. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Meza oficializa renuncia y Gómez reasumirá presidencia del PRSD". EMOL. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Partido Radical Socialdemócrata. "Ricardo Navarrete asume presidencia del PRSD". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b http://www.minrel.gob.cl/presidenta-bachelet-designa-nuevo-embajador-en-colombia/minrel/2014-05-16/105207.html
  16. ^ http://impresa.elmercurio.com/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?dt=2014-08-05&dtB=05-08-2014%200:00:00&PaginaId=2&bodyid=3 Ernesto Velasco asume presidencia del PRSD

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