Humanist Party
Partido Humanista
LeaderOctavio González
Founded1984
HeadquartersAv. Condell 860, Providencia,
Santiago de Chile
Membership (2017)19,756 (6th)[1]
IdeologyUniversal humanism
Libertarian socialism
Direct democracy
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationDignidad Ahora
Regional affiliationSão Paulo Forum
International affiliationHumanist International
Colours  Orange
Chamber of Deputies
5 / 155
Senate
0 / 43
Website
Official website

The Humanist Party (Spanish: Partido Humanista) is a universal humanist, progressive, and left-wing political party in Chile, founded in 1984. The party is a member of the Humanist International.

In December 1990, Laura Rodríguez became the first elected representative of any Humanist Party in the world after winning a seat as part of the Concertación coalition, after Augusto Pinochet handed over power.

At the 2001 legislative elections, the party won 1.1% of the vote but no seats.

For the 2005 presidential elections, the Humanist Party was a member of the coalition Juntos Podemos Más (Together We Can Do/Achieve More). Their presidential candidate Tomás Hirsch won 5.37% of the vote in a 4-way race between Michelle Bachelet, Sebastián Piñera, and Joaquín Lavín in the 2005 elections. He polled 4th place and therefore did not make the runoff.

On 12 March 2013 they selected economist and university professor Marcel Claude as their candidate for the 2013 presidential election.[2]

Since 2017, the Humanist Party is part of the Broad Front, a new political coalition. Their presidential candidate was Beatriz Sánchez who won 20.27% of the votes, finishing in 3rd place; additionally, three deputies from the party were elected: Tomás Hirsch, Pamela Jiles and Florcita Alarcón.

Presidential candidates

The following is a list of the presidential candidates and referendum options supported by the Humanist Party:[a]

References

  1. ^ Information gathered from the Archive of Chilean Elections
  1. ^ Total Afiliados Actualizados por Partidos Politicos al 15 de Abril de 2017 (Ratificados → Afiliados) – Servicio Electoral de Chile
  2. ^ "Humanist Party proclaims economist Marcel Claude as their presidential candidate" (in Spanish). Bio Bio Nacional. 12 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.