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People's Party (Spain, 1976)

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People's Party
Partido Popular
LeaderPío Cabanillas Gallas
José María de Areilza
Founded15 September 1976 (1976-09-15)
Dissolved12 December 1977 (1977-12-12)
Liberal conservatism
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
National affiliationUCD

People's Party (Spanish: Partido Popular; PP) was a Spanish liberal conservative political party, founded in 1976. The leaders of the PP were Pío Cabanillas Gallas and José María de Areilza.[1][2]


The party was founded through the merge of 7 regional parties:

  • Extremaduran People's Party: led by Rodríguez Requera and Luis Ramallo García.
  • People's Party of Catalonia
  • Valencian Regional Autonomist People's Party: led by Emilio Attard Alonso, J. Aguirre de la Hoz and J. R. Pin Arboledas.
  • People's Party of Ourense: led by Eulogio Gómez Franqueira, E. Reverter, J. A. Trillo, J. Quiroga Suárez y J. Rodríguez Reza.
  • Aragonese People's Party: led by León J. Buil and César Escribano.
  • Alicantine Autonomous People's party: led by J. María Pérez Hikman, Antonio Espinosa and Ramón Sancho.
  • Balearic People's Party: led by R. Ciar Garau and Francisco Gari.

The majority of the members of the party were members of the reformist wing of the Francoist Regime, that wanted a "controlled" and moderate democratic transition.

The PP joined the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) in 1977, gaining 32 seats in the 1977 Spanish general election.[3] The party was dissolved in February 1978, fully joining the UCD.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Constituido el Partido Popular" (PDF). Informaciones (in Spanish). 16 September 1976. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Constitución pública del nuevo Partido Popular" (PDF). Informaciones (in Spanish). 11 November 1976. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Union of the Democratic Centre, Democratic and Social Centre". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Electoral History. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Disolución de varios partidos integrados en UCD". El País (in Spanish). 13 December 1977. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Los partidos integrados en UCD se disuelven sin grandes dificultades". El País (in Spanish). 13 December 1977. Retrieved 6 January 2020.