Amplitude (political party)

President Joaquín Godoy Ibáñez
Founded 7 January 2014
Headquarters Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 1370, Of. 307, Santiago, Chile[1]
Youth wing Juventud Amplitud
Ideology Conservative liberalism
National liberalism
Political position Centre
Chamber of Deputies
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Amplitude is a Chilean center political party founded in January 2014. Although initially grouped centre-right independents that had no militancy in the parties of the Alliance, later then became defined as "liberal center" and associated with other movements outside the coallition.


Amplitude logo from 2014 until May 16, 2015.

On January 7, 2014, deputies Karla Rubilar, Pedro Browne and Joaquín Godoy Ibáñez, militants of National Renewal, decided to forego the party for ideological differences. Among the reasons given for leaving was the party refusal to support the closing of the Penal Cordillera (a special prison for military people condemned for human rights violations under the Pinochet dictatorship), the lack of party support on the civil unions project, and the position on economic and educational policies.[2]

That same day presented a manifesto entitled "Amplitude", where traced the outline of a new political movement.[3] These include the rejection of human rights violations committed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and support for political reforms, including the reform of the electoral system and the vote of Chileans abroad.[4]

On January 20, Senator Lily Pérez joined the movement,[5] who resigned from National Renewal four days earlier.[6] On March 28 of that year former Senator Carlos Cantero and regional councilor of Antofagasta Constantino Zafirópulos joined the party.[7]

In its initial intentions were to remain within the Alliance, forming a political party with Political Evolution and other social organizations of center-right and presenting its own candidate in an eventual presidential primary of the conglomerate for 2017.[8] However, this option has been moved away by the end of 2014 when Amplitude made a political reforms agreement with Public Force (Fuerza Pública), political movement led by Andrés Velasco, and Liberal Network (Red Liberal);[9] Lily Pérez has even expressed their intention to hold a presidential primary between her and Velasco.[10]

On March 7, 2015 Amplitude elected its provisional board of directors, in which Joaquin Godoy won the presidency with 89.8% of preferences, and the general secretary Peter Browne won with 80.9%.[11] The new board officially took office on March 15, 2015.[12]

On May 15, one of its founders, Deputy Karla Rubilar, quit Amplitude citing political differences.[13] The next day the General Council was held in the former National Congress building in Santiago, where a new emblem was presented and decided to initiate proceedings for registration as a political party.[14]

On September 28, 2015, Amplitude announced the formation of a political coalition of liberal movements center with Public Force and Liberal Network, facing the municipal elections of 2016.[15]


  1. Servicio Electoral de Chile (July 7, 2015). "Extracto escritura de constitución partido político en formación "Amplitud"" (in Spanish). Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  2. "Godoy explica el objetivo de "Amplitud": "Nuestro norte no es representar un caudillo"". EMOL (in Spanish). January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. Francisco Torrealba and Alberto Labra (January 7, 2014). "Karla Rubilar, Joaquín Godoy y Pedro Browne confirman renuncia a Renovación Nacional". La Tercera (in Spanish). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. "Rubilar, Godoy y Browne: 'Nuestro tiempo en Renovación Nacional se ha agotado'". El Mostrador (in Spanish). January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. "Lily Pérez se unió al movimiento "Amplitud"". CNN Chile (in Spanish). January 20, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  6. "Lily Pérez renuncia a RN en antesala del Consejo Nacional y continúa desangramiento en la tienda de Antonio Varas". El Mostrador (in Spanish). January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  7. "Ex senador Cantero y un core de RN se sumaron hoy a las filas de Amplitud". La Tercera (in Spanish). March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  8. Karla Rubilar, Joaquín Godoy y Pedro Browne (January 7, 2014). "Amplitud" (PDF). EMOL (in Spanish). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. "Andrés Velasco y sus acercamientos con Amplitud: "Hay espacio para fortalecer una coalición de centro"". La Tercera (in Spanish). November 30, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  10. "Lily Pérez: "Estoy dispuesta a participar en una primaria presidencial con Andrés Velasco"". La Tercera (in Spanish). December 8, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  11. "Diputado Joaquín Godoy es elegido presidente de Amplitud". (in Spanish). March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  12. "Directiva de Amplitud asume con fuertes críticas por manejo de caso SQM". El Mostrador (in Spanish). March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  13. "Diputada Karla Rubilar renuncia a Amplitud por "diferencias políticas"". (in Spanish). May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  14. "Amplitud inició proceso para convertirse en partido político". La Nación. May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  15. "Amplitud, Fuerza Pública y Red Liberal conforman nueva coalición política". La Tercera (in Spanish). September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.

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