Some Aspects of Political Parties

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Some Aspects of Political Parties


Byline: Hern P Zenarosa

IN the democracies, political parties play dominant roles in the life of nations.

In fact, it is generally agreed that no country can practice democracy without at least two political parties contesting in elections.

Democratic governments are necessarily linked with party politics as election makes the government pay attention to what the people think.

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All these are significant aspects of political parties but they are also the compulsions in our political mores hollowed, so to speak, by our inclinations that is starting to show again with the brewing conflict in one of the countryas most revered political parties.

I am referring to the Liberal Party whose leadership is being contested by two powerful politicians who, ironically, were both responsible for its recent rejuvenation.

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Just recently, Senate President Franklin Drilon, LP president, and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, LP chairman, shared the honor of hosting the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Liberal Party, calling it "our great political party."

Yesterday, however, they were at loggerheads over the party presidency: Atienza was unanimously elected LP president by the national assembly held at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel attended by 200 party delegates, unseating Drilon.

Drilon, who did not attend the conference, in turn accused President Gloria Arroyo of "attempting to hijack the Liberal Party through an illegal national assembly. …

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