Partido Morado clinches official recognition

16 February 2019

The so-called Purple Party (Partido Morado), led by Julio Guzmán, appears to have successfully raised enough signatures to register as a political party. The legislation in Peru makes the registration of new parties a truly Herculean task. In the event, the Partido Morado appears to have manage to secure more than 700,000 signatures. Other parties, like Nuevo Perú, are struggling to secure that number.

An attempt by a supporter of Acción Popular to thwart the Partido Morado’s registration appears to have been turned down by the electoral authorities. They ruled that it was not a legal requirement to submit the party’s statutes. The leadership of Acción Popular refused to associate themselves with this move. The AP supporter says he will not appeal the JNE decision.

The Partido Morado first emerged as a contender in the 2016 presidential elections, but Guzmán was ruled out of that race on a technicality. The party is self-styled as ‘centrist’, its colour a fusion of red (left) and blue (right). Before entering politics, Guzmán worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington.

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