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Front for a Country in Solidarity


The Front for a Country in Solidarity ( or ) was a political party in Argentina. It was formed in 1994 out of the Great Front (Frente Grande), which had been founded mainly by progressive members of the Peronist Justicialist Party who denounced the policies and the alleged corruption of the Carlos Menem administration; the Frente joined with other dissenting Peronists, the Unidad Socialista and several other leftist parties and individuals. Its leading figures were Jose Octavio Bordon, Carlos "Chacho" Alvarez and Graciela Fernandez Meijide.

Shortly after the founding of the party, Bordon stood for President at the 1995 elections with Alvarez as running mate. The campaign was very successful, and Bordon came second with 33 percent of the vote. Subsequently, Bordon proposed converting FrePaSo into a unified party, while Alvarez wanted a loose confederation of different parties. On May 17, 1995, Bordon and Alvarez announced the formation of a confederation, with a unified political platform and leadership, with the third largest block in the Argentine National Congress. The Intransigent Party and the Christian Democratic Party joined the coalition. Bordon later resigned after a leadership battle and returned to the Justicialist Party.

The FrePaSo campaigned for the 1999 elections in an alliance with the larger Radical Civic Union (UCR) and a few provincial parties, which won the presidency for Fernando de la Rua. Frepaso activist Anibal Ibarra was elected Mayor of Buenos Aires in 2000 on the Alianza ticket - the Alliance for Work, Justice and Education. The alliance was effectively broken the next year, when vice-president Chacho Alvarez resigned amidst public intra-party accusations of bribery in the Senate, followed shortly after by other leading members.

After the 2001 elections FrePaSo became the joint third largest party in the federal Chamber of Deputies, with 17 of 257 deputies.

Subsequently the party disintegrated. Many members re-joined the Peronist movement within the centre-left Front for Victory faction of President Nestor Kirchner, with others supporting the ARI party of Elisa Carrio. Until 2007 the party nominally retained one senator, Vilma Ibarra, who sat as a lone 'Party for Victory' member but in practice supported the Front for Victory, for which she became a national deputy in 2007. Her brother Anibal Ibarra was removed as Mayor of Buenos Aires in 2006 in the wake of the Republica Cromagnon nightclub fire.

See Also

Carlos Chacho Alvarez

Alliance for Work, Justice and Education (ALIANZA)

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