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Popular Action (Acción Popular) is a centrist and social liberal party in Perumarker.

Fernando Belaúnde founded Popular Action (Acción Popular) in 1956 as a reformist alternative to the status quo conservative forces and the controversial American Popular Revolutionary Alliance party.

Although Belaúnde's message was not all that different from APRA's, his tactics were more inclusive and less confrontational. He was able to appeal to some of the same political base as APRA, primarily the middle class, but also to a wider base of professionals and white-collar workers. The AP had significant electoral success, attaining the presidency in 1963 and 1980, but the party was more of an electoral machine for the persona of Belaúnde than an institutionalized organization. In addition, whereas in the 1960s the AP was seen as a reformist party, by the 1980s as Peru's political spectrum had shifted substantially to the left the AP was positioned on the center-right.

With the debacle of the second Belaúnde government, the AP fared disastrously in 1985, attaining only 6.4 percent of the vote. In 1990 the AP participated in the elections as a part of the FREDEMO conservative coalition behind Mario Vargas Llosa and suffered, as did all traditional political parties, an electoral rejection.

AP member Valentín Paniagua would become President of Congress in October 2000 and, after the demise of the Fujimori administration, became the interim President of the Republic, holding office from November 2000 to July 2001.

At the last legislative elections, 8 April 2001, the party won 4.2 % of the popular vote and 3 out of 120 seats in Congress.

For the 2006 national election, the party has joined forces with Somos Perú and Coordinadora Nacional de Independientes to form the Frente de Centro coalition. The presidential candidate was Paniagua, while the vice-presidential candidates belonged to AP's allies.

Presidents of Peru from Popular Action

Belaúnde election poster


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