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PRP

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Posted 6/4/2004, Updated 7/28/2009

Historic Overview

The Puerto Rican Renewal Party —or Partido de Renovación Puertorriqueña (PRP) in Spanish— Puerto Rican political party officially founded on August 28, 1983 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Its main leader was then-mayor of San Juan Hernán Padilla, a statehood leader and founder of the New Progressive Party Partido Nuevo Progresista PNP. The history of the foundation of this party goes back to the 1980 election in Puerto Rico, when the pro-statehood party (in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state of the United States), barely retained the governorship and the Resident Commissioner position, while losing control of the Puerto Rico Senate and the Puerto Rico House of representatives, as well as a majority of the island's 78 municipalities. After what many statehood supporters perceived as a defeat in the 1980 election, a movement started to get the New Progressive Party - NPP to nominate a new candidate for the 1984 election. Dr. Hernan Padilla's name was the favorite to substitute governor Carlos Romero-Barceló at the top of the NPP's ticket in 1984. However, Governor Romero saw the threat from Padilla and at a party assembly held in Ponce on November 14, 1982, he asked the assembled delegates if there was anyone who dared to challenge him (Romero) for the gubernatorial nomination. He did so three times, looking straight at Padilla, who was sitting at the podium. Padilla did not answer immediately but some time later announced that he would seek the NPP nomination for governor for the 1984 election. After numerous controversies between Padilla and Romero on how and when to conduct primaries to settle the dispute, and convinced that a fair primary was not possible, Padilla and his followers created a new political party which they called the Puerto Rican Renewal Party (Partido de Renovacion Puertorriqueña).


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