Navarrese People's Union

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The Navarrese People's Union (Spanish: Unión del Pueblo Navarro), abbreviated to UPN, is a regional conservative political party in Navarre, Spain. Until 2008, it was a fraternal party of the People's Party (PP), acting as the latter's Navarrese branch.

UPN is a strong opponent of Basque nationalism, and supports a Navarrese regional identity as separate from the Basque Country's. The party's regionalist tradition dates back to the nineteenth century, in which the Spanish nation is seen to be based on 'regional liberties'.[1]

During the 1991-2008 period, UPN acted as the Navarrese branch of the PP, which, in return, did not run at Navarrese elections as a part of their agreement. Over this period, UPN has been the most voted party in elections for the regional Parliament of Navarre[2] and the ruling party of this Autonomous Community since 1996.

History

The UPN was a Navarrese splinter group of the Union of the Democratic Centre. Its president, Miguel Sanz, has been the head of the Navarrese government since 1996 to date.

Juan Cruz Alli was elected president of the Navarrese government for UPN, but later disagreed with the orientation the party was taking and founded another party Democrats Convergence of Navarre.

Pact with the PP

As part of an agreement held over the 1991-2008 period, the PP did not run at any elections held in the Navarrese constituency and People's Party of Navarre (founded in 1989) was dissolved, while UPN were on the same national ticket as the PP at the Spanish elections. The national Deputies and Senators elected as part of UPN's ticket were part of the PP Parliamentary Group. Also, UPN members were eligible –and indeed chosen– for national leadership positions in the PP.

The pact was terminated in October 2008 as a result of UPN refusal to vote alongside the PP in the Spanish Congress to reject the government budget presented by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's cabinet. One of the two MPs elected under the UPN-PP ticket refused to follow UPN's instructions and a number of UPN elected representatives defected this party to join the PP[3][4][5]. The new situation led to the PP setting up its own office in Navarre[6].

References

  1. Safran, William; Máiz, Ramón (2000). . London: Routledge. p. 129. . http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=altqJkEQmN8C. 
  2. http://www.parlamento-navarra.es/datos/elec.doc
  3. http://www.larazon.es/78688/noticia/España/El_PP_arrebata_a_UPN_un_senador____y_nueve_concejales_en_s%F3lo_dos_d%EDas
  4. http://www.larazon.es/78772/noticia/España/Otros_cinco_miembros_de_UPN_abandonan_el_partido_para_ingresar_en_el_PP
  5. http://www.larazon.es/79043/noticia/España/El_diputado_Santiago_Cervera_deja_UPN_y_se_afiliar%E1_ma%F1ana_al_PP
  6. http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20081022/rompe-pacto-con-upn-por-apoyar-enmienda-los-presupuestos-del-gobierno/181394.shtml