Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa Politician

Luis beltran prieto figueroa

Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa (14 March 1902 – 22 April 1993), was a Venezuelan politician. A founder of Democratic Action and Minister of Education in its first government (1947–1948), he was a leader of Democratic Action after the restoration of democracy in 1958. He split from Democratic Action in 1967 when it tried to prevent his victory in district-level primary elections for the 1968 presidential race translating into Prieto Figueroa winning the nomination. He and a substantial group of supporters split from AD and founded the People's Electoral Movement, which he led until his death. After completing a doctorate in political and social sciences at the Central University of Venezuela (1934), he became engaged in politics, and was a senator from 1936 to 1941. He was a founding member of party Acción Democrática (AD, Democratic Action), and Minister of Education under Rómulo Gallegos (1947-8). After the 1948 coup he went into exile, working for UNESCO in Costa Rica and Honduras (1951-8), after a professorship at the University of Havana (1950-1). Returning from exile after the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958, he was again elected senator (1959–1969).

Personal details

Date of birth
March 14th, 1902
Date of death
April 22nd, 1993 at age of 91
Place of death

Organizations founded

1. People's Electoral Movement

Political party

Wikiedia article

The People's Electoral Movement was a left-wing political party in Venezuela, founded in 1967 by Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa. It merged into PSUV in 2007. The MEP was founded after Prieto Figueroa won the 1967 Acción Democrática primary election, only to see his nomination overturned by the Romulo Betancourt faction, in favour of Gonzalo Barrios, considering Prieto too far left. Prieto Figueroa, at the time President of the Venezuelan Senate as well as President of AD, split from AD over the affair along with a substantial number of his supporters. Prieto Figueroa achieved 19% of the vote in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1968, coming fourth in a close election. However Prieto's subsequent electoral run, in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1978, achieved only just over 1%. Prieto Figueroa led the party until his death in April 1993. At the December 1993 election it was part of the National Convergence coalition which successfully backed Rafael Caldera. The party supported Hugo Chávez from 1998 onwards, and in the legislative elections, 4 December 2005, the party won 11 out of 165 seats in the National Assembly. It merged into PSUV on 20 October 2007.

Political engagements

Democratic Action

Geographic scope



Social democracy


Official web page

Wikipedia article

Democratic Action is a Venezuelan political party established in 1941. The party and its antecedents played an important role in the early years of Venezuelan democracy, and led the government during Venezuela's first democratic period. After an intervening decade of dictatorship saw AD excluded from power, four presidents came from Acción Democrática from the 1960s to the 1990s. By the end of the 1990s, however, the party's credibility was almost nonexistent, mostly because of the corruption and poverty that Venezuelans experienced during the last two full-term administrations of the party's time in power, namely, those of Jaime Lusinchi and Carlos Andrés Pérez. The latter president was impeached for corruption in 1993, and spent several years in prison as a result. Since the 1998 election of Hugo Chávez, a range of newer parties have been more prominent in opposition to Chávez.

Other members

born 1908
born 1923

Written work

1.Simón Bolívar: educator

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1970. at Garden City


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