Colombian Liberal Party

The Colombian Liberal Party ( Partido Liberal Colombiano; PLC ) is a center-left party in Colombia, the most important wings are social democratic and left liberal.


The party was founded in 1848 together with the Partido Conservador Colombiano and was followed for over a century one of the two main political forces in Colombia.

After a period known as La Violencia, the Liberals and the Conservative Party reached an agreement for power in the so-called National Front agreement from 1958 to 1974, which followed the fall of General Gustavo Rojas Pinillas. Nowadays, there are many critics of the sixteen -year agreement, but it must be said that those eliminated the intensity of fierce political warfare almost entirely justly.

In 2002, the Liberal Party was the largest party in the Colombian Congress, with 54 of 166 deputies and 28 of 102 senators. In the 2006 elections, the party won 38 of 166 Deputies and 18 out of 102 senators.

With the election of the independent president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez as president, the party reached its biggest crisis.

The crisis of the party has many other reasons besides the election of Uribe as President and his subsequent re-election, but the obvious division under his leadership has that can support strong decrease, which was the country's most important party to date.

During the presidential election of 28 May 2006, the official Liberal candidate Horacio Serpa Uribe won 11.84% of the votes, which earned him third place.

During the parliamentary elections of March 14, 2010, the Liberal Party received 18 senators and 35 deputies.

The Liberal Party is a member of the Socialist International.