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New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico

The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico -- or Partido Nuevo Progresista de Puerto Rico (PNP for its abbreviation in Spanish) -- is a Puerto Rican political party that campaigns for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States.

Those who follow the PNP ideology are called penepés or estadistas (statehooders in English).

Table of contents
1 History
2 Party logo
3 Important party leaders
4 See also
5 External Links



The party traces its beginnings to a 1967 reunion in a sports complex in Carolina. On January 5, 1968, the party was certified as an official political group by the State Elections Commission of Puerto Rico.


Under Luis A. Ferre as leader, the PNP came to power in November 1968 by defeating the two other major parties of Puerto Rico, the PPD and the PIP.


In 1972, Ferre lost to the PPD's candidate Rafael Hernández Colón, but in 1976, under the leadership of Carlos Romero Barcelo, the PNP returned to power. Romero Barcelo would face Hernandez Colon two times for the seat of Puerto Rican governor.


Romero Barcelo won in 1980 by only 3,000 votes —the closest margin in Puerto Rican election history— but lost in 1984. His period as governor was filled with controversy when 3 PIP followers were shot to death in the late 1970s (see: Alejandro González Malave). A television trial followed (the first trial to be televised in Puerto Rican TV history) and much of the public linked Romero Barcelo to the killings of the three young men. This, combined with the fact that the then mayor of San Juan, Hernán Padilla, left the party to form his own party, PRP, meant most of the electors voted for Hernández Colón.

In 1988, Baltazar Corrada del Río ran for governor, but he lost to Hernández Colón.


The PNP came back to power in 1992, when Pedro Rossello, a pediatrician, became the party's leader and defeated Luis Muñoz Marín's daughter Victoria Melo Muñoz to become governor.


Rossello stepped down as governor in 2000. His period as governor was marked by, among other things, the Vieques protests and economic growth.

In 2000, Carlos I. Pesquera ran for governor. He and Sila María Calderón seemed to be neck-to-neck (based on newspaper polls) until the final weeks, but the turning point of the race came when a Calderón maid from the Dominican Republic went to San Juan newspapers and accused Calderón of being an abusive boss. This helped Calderón, ironically, because later it was discovered that the maid had been paid off by PNP spokesman Edwin Mundo, who resigned shortly thereafter.

For 2004 Rosello will be running again for the governor seat after a controversial party election for the governor candidacy with Pesquera, his former pupil.

Party logo

The party is called the blue party in Puerto Rico because its logo consists of a blue oval with a white palm tree inside it, and the words "estadidad, seguridad, progreso" ("statehood, security, progress" in English) surrounding the oval and written in blue.

Important party leaders

See also

External Links

Official Sites