National Unity (Peru)

National Unity (Peru)
National Unity (Peru)
Unidad Nacional
Leader Lourdes Flores Nano
Founded 2000
Dissolved 2008
Succeeded by Alliance for the Great Change,
National Solidarity Alliance
Headquarters Lima, Peru
Ideology Christian democracy, Liberal conservatism, Conservatism
Political position Center-right
Politics of Peru
Political parties

National Unity (Spanish: Unidad Nacional) was a Peruvian center-right, mainly Christian democratic electoral alliance.

National Unity was founded in 2000 by Lourdes Flores Nano and was considered Peru's third largest party. The party participated in the 2001 presidential election, on 8 April 2001, when its candidate, Lourdes Flores Nano, won 24.3% of the vote. At the legislative elections held on the same day, the party won 13.8% of the popular vote and 17 out of 120 seats in the Congress of the Republic.

The Party itself was a loose alliance of the constituent political parties. Its members were initially the Christian People's Party (PPC)(Partido Popular Cristiano), National Solidarity (Solidaridad Nacional (SN)), National Renewal (Renovación Nacional) and Radical Change (Cambio Radical), but the latter two left the coalition, following the 2006 national election and during the campaign, respectively. PPC and SN renewed their alliance until 2010. [1]

National Solidarity's leader Luis Castañeda Lossio ran for mayor of Lima in 2002 under National Unity's banner, defeating the incumbent Alberto Andrade, from Somos Perú and a former Christian People's Party member himself.

The party participated in the 2006 national election on 9 April, and was again headed by Lourdes Flores Nano. Flores placed third in the presidential vote, behind Ollanta Humala of the Union for Peru and Alan García of the Peruvian Aprista Party, and did not participate in the June 2006 run-off vote. At the legislative elections held on 9 April 2006, the party won 15.3% of the popular vote and 17 out of 120 seats in Congress.

In 2008, both PPC and SN decided to end the coalition. In 2011, SN (lead by Luis Castañeda Lossio) decided to run for presidency under their own alliance; whilst PPC decided to integrate a new coalition called Alliance for the Great Change, lead by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, which participated in the 2011 General elections as well.

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