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Navarrese People's Union
Unión del Pueblo Navarro
Leader Yolanda Barcina
Founded 1979
Headquarters Pamplona
Ideology Conservatism, christian democracy, liberal conservatism, Navarrese regionalism, centre-right
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament Group None
Official colours Blue, Red, White
Website
www.upn.org
Politics of Navarre
Political parties
Elections

The Navarrese People's Union (Spanish: Unión del Pueblo Navarro, UPN) is a regional conservative political party in Navarre, Spain. Until 2008, it was a fraternal party of the People's Party (PP), acting as the latter's Navarrese branch.

UPN is a strong opponent of Basque nationalism and the nationalist project of merging Navarre and the Basque Country.

During the 1991-2008 period, UPN acted as the Navarrese branch of the PP, which, in return, did not run at Navarrese elections as a part of their agreement. Over this period, UPN has been the most voted party in elections for the regional Parliament of Navarre[1] and the ruling party of this Autonomous Community since 1996.

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History

The UPN was a Navarrese splinter group of the Union of the Democratic Centre. Its president, Miguel Sanz, has been the head of the Navarrese government since 1996 to date.

Juan Cruz Alli was elected president of the Navarrese government for UPN, but later disagreed with the orientation the party was taking and founded another party Convergencia Democrática de Navarra ("Convergence of Navarrese Democrats").

Pact with the PP

As part of an agreement held over the 1991-2008 period, the PP did not run at any elections held in the Navarrese constituency and People's Party of Navarre (founded in 1989) was dissolved, while UPN were on the same national ticket as the PP at the Spanish elections. The national Deputies and Senators elected as part of UPN's ticket were part of the PP Parliamentary Group. Also, UPN members were eligible –and indeed chosen– for national leadership positions in the PP.

The pact was terminated in October 2008 as a result of UPN refusal to vote alongside the PP in the Spanish Congress to reject the government budget presented by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's cabinet. One of the two MPs elected under the UPN-PP ticket refused to follow UPN's instructions and a number of UPN elected representatives defected this party to join the PP[2][3][4]. The new situation led to the PP setting up its own office in Navarre[5].

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