We Are Peru
|We Are Peru|
|Partido Democrático Somos Perú|
|President||Patricia Li Sotelo|
|Founded||June 1, 1997|
|Headquarters||Av. Gral. Mendiburu 584, Miraflores, Lima|
|Politics of Peru
It was formed in 1995 under the name of "We Are Lima" (Somos Lima) as a personalist vehicle for mayoral candidate Alberto Andrade who broke from the Christian People's Party. Andrade was elected mayor of Lima and became a leading figure of the opposition against then-president Alberto Fujimori. He was considered a main contender of Fujimori in the 2000 presidential election and was fiercely attacked by pro-government media, who successfully sought to diminish his popularity. Eventually, he gained only 2.7 % of the votes.
In the legislative elections, held on 8 April 2001, the party won 5.8% of the popular vote and 4 out of 120 seats in the unicameral Congress of the Republic. The party participated in the 2006 elections as part of the Center Front together with Popular Action (AP). Alberto Andrade ran as running mate of AP leader Valentín Paniagua. Paniaga came in distant fifth with only 5.8% In the congressional vote, the alliance won 7.1%. In the 2011 election, both We Are Peru and AP joined the Possible Peru Alliance and endorsed the presidential candidacy of Alejandro Toledo, who finished fourth, while the alliance won 14.8% in the congressional election.
- Vaccaro, Nicholas (2007), Post-liberalization Politics in Argentina, Peru, and Mexico: The Rise and Fall of "Second Generation" Reformism (dissertation submitted to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), p. 136
- Vaccaro (2007), pp. 137–138
- Vaccaro (2007), p. 153
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