Commitment to Change

Commitment to Change (Spanish: Compromiso para el Cambio) was a centre-right political party in Argentina, principally active in the city of Buenos Aires.

Commitment to Change

Compromiso para el Cambio
LeaderMauricio Macri
Founded2 April 2003
Dissolved1 April 2008
HeadquartersBuenos Aires
IdeologyLiberal conservatism
Political positionCentre-right
ColoursBlue

History

The party was led by Mauricio Macri, businessman and chairman of Boca Juniors football club. The party was conceived as a source for new politicians, as the major parties were discredited after the December 2001 riots in Argentina.[1]It has been active since he stood to be Mayor of Buenos Aires in 2003. He won the first round[2] but lost the runoff election with 47% of the popular vote to Aníbal Ibarra.[3] The party did however win a large number of members of the city legislature.

In 2003 Commitment to Change also won five seats in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Argentine Congress.[2] In 2005 the party teamed up with the centre-right party of Ricardo López Murphy, Recreate for Growth, principally active in Buenos Aires Province. The new alliance was named Republican Proposal - Propuesta Republicana or usually PRO. The front won nine deputies in the 2005 legislative elections. Macri became a deputy in 2005.[4]

Ahead of the 2007 elections, Macri and López Murphy have been in discussions with Jorge Sobisch, governor of Neuquén Province and likely presidential candidate in 2007, to create a nationwide centre-right political force. López Murphy has fallen out with Sobisch. Macri withdrew his support to Sobisch after the scandal of the death of the teacher Fuentealba during a demonstration in Neuquen.[5]

On 2 April 2008, Commitment to Change replaced its name to Republican Proposal.[6] A year later, Recreate for Growth was absorbed by Republican Proposal.

References

  1. Fabián Bosoer (November 23, 2015). "Macri y el PRO en el poder: una suma de novedades históricas" [Macri and the PRO in power: a sum of historical novelties] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. "Macri le gana a Ibarra y hay ballottage" [Macri defeats Ibarra and there is ballotage] (in Spanish). La Nación. August 25, 2003. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  3. "Macri estableció un nuevo récord en la ciudad" [Macri set a new score in the city] (in Spanish). La Nación. August 1, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  4. "Macri's profile". Terra.com.ar. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. "Macri volvió a tomar distancia del gobernador Jorge Sobisch". Lanacion.com.ar. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  6. Cambio de Nombre (in Spanish)
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