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Liberalism in Colombia

This article gives an overview of liberalism in Colombia. It is limited to liberal parties with substantial support, mainly proved by having had a representation in parliament. The sign means a reference to another party in that scheme. For inclusion in this scheme it isn't necessary for the parties to have labeled themselves as a liberal party.


Liberalism in Colombia is organized as the opposition to conservatism. The Colombian Liberal Party, founded in 1849, still exists as a dominant party, usually achieving the largest voter turnouts and electoral victories in congress and regional elections. It has also been a strong contender in recent presidential elections. It joined the Socialist International, despite historically being considered a party relatively left of center and somewhat prone to populism, according to some critics.

Its traditional position can be considered to be somewhere in the middle between liberalism and social democracy. Several current leaders of the party in the late 20th and early 21st centuries claim to be seeking to move the party closer to the social democratic left.

The timeline

Colombian Liberal Party

1849: The Colombian Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Colombiano) is founded

1960: Dissident liberals formed the Revolutionary Liberal Movement

1967/1968: Most of the movement returned to the party

1979: Dissident liberals formed New Liberalism. Nuevo liberalismo

1981: Dissident liberals formed People's Power.

Liberal Revolutionary Movement

1960: A dissident faction of the Colombian Liberal Party formed the Liberal Revolutionary Movement (Movimiento Revolucionario Liberal) (MRL)

1967: Most of the party returned to the Colombian Liberal Party

1968: The party disappeared.

People's Power

1981: A dissident faction of the Colombian Liberal Party formed '''People's Power'(Poder Popular).

1990s: The party returns to the Colombian Liberal Party.

New Liberalism

1979: A dissident faction of the Colombian Liberal Party formed New Liberalism (Nuevo Liberalismo'').

1987: Most of the party and its leaders returned to the Colombian Liberal Party.

1989: Luis Carlos Galan assassinated.

1990s: The party disappeared.

Liberal leaders

Partido Liberal: Jorge Eliecer Gaitan - Alfonso Lopez Michelsen - Luis Carlos Galan



See also

History of Colombia

Politics of Colombia

List of political parties in Colombia

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