Democratic Republican Union

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Democratic Republican Union
Unión Republicana Democrática
Founded 18 December 1945
Headquarters Caracas
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Political position Center-left[2][3][4][5]
Colours Yellow
Politics of Venezuela
Political parties

The Democratic Republican Union (Spanish: Unión Republicana Democrática, URD) is a Venezuelan political party founded in 1945.

When the party appeared on course to win the 1952 election for a constitutional assembly, dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez suspended the election.[6] The party joined in the 1958 Punto Fijo Pact, and its candidate in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1958, Wolfgang Larrazábal, was the runner up. The party resigned from the Punto Fijo Pact in 1962. Its candidate Jóvito Villalba won 19% of the vote in the 1963 election, but only 3% in the 1973 election.

Presidential candidates supported

elections where URD backed the winning candidate shown in bold


  1. Allan R. Brewer-Carías (2010), Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela, Cambridge University Press, p. 41 
  2. Leslie Bethell, ed. (2008), The Cambridge History of Latin America, vol. VI, part 1, Cambridge University Press, p. 440 
  3. Ian Gorvin (1989), Elections since 1945: A worldwide reference compendium, Longman, p. 391 
  4. Miguel Tinker Salas (2007), "U.S. Oil Companies in Venezuela: The Forging of an Enduring Alliance", Venezuela: Hugo Chávez and the Decline of an "Exceptional Democracy", Rowman & Littlefield, p. 44 
  5. J. Denis Derbyshire; Ian Derbyshire (1989), Political Systems Of The World, Chambers, p. 122 
  6. Historia viva, 2002-2003, Jorge Olavarría. 2003. (page 134).