Sunday, April 6, 2008

Partido Patria Libre

Adding one more political party for readers...

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Partido Patria Libre (roughly translated "Free Homeland Party" or "Free Fatherland Party") is a Paraguayan political party. It defines its goals as "Marxist, patriotic, and anti-imperialist."


PPL was founded by former activists of the Popular Democratic Movement (MDP) on February 3, 1990, under the name Corriente Patria Libre ("Free Homeland Current"). In February 1992, it was renamed Movimiento Patria Libre ("Free Homeland Movement"). It acquired its current name in December 2002 after the movement was officially registered as a political party.

PPL has strong roots in the movement for left regroupment. It leads the United Left (IU) alliance, which also includes the Workers' Party (PT), the Socialist Revolutionary Nucleus (NRS), the April 19 Indigenous Movement (M-19 Abril), and the Paraguayan Socialist Party (PSP). The Paraguayan Communist Party (PCP) withdrew from IU in 2003.


The PPL platform calls for, among other things,

  • the consolidation of national independence, including political and economic independence
  • the abolition of repressive laws and decrees;
  • protection of freedom of thought, freedom of political organization, freedom of association, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the right to strike;
  • an end to impunity for past human rights violations;
  • a national plan for economic development directed by the state;
  • wide-ranging agrarian reform;
  • a national plan for health, education, and housing;
  • the eradication of all forms of discrimination and oppression;
  • full participation of women in the political, economic, and social spheres;
  • special attention to the needs of children, seniors, and the disabled;
  • the preservation of the environment and wise exploitation of natural resources;
  • and the eventual political and economic integration of Latin America based on socialist principles

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