A new South African opposition party was created on Wednesday (29 June) from he remains of the United Party -- the country's oldest political grouping.
A new South African opposition party was created on Wednesday (29 June) from he remains of the United Party -- the country's oldest political grouping. But the formation of the New Republic Party (NRP) could mean further feuding among white opposition groups in Parliament, which may help the National Party in elections to be held within two years.
The United Party was formed as the ruling party in South Africa by Generals Jan Smuts and Barry Hertzog in 1934. It remained in power until 1948 when the Afrikaner-based National Party was swept into office on a wave of support that has continued to the present.
SYNOPSIS: The United Party (UP) -- finally died when a special congress of the United and Democratic parties decided by acclamation to merge into the NRP. The Democratic party leader Theo Gerdener spoke to the assembly.
The resolution to form the new party was proposed by Sir de Villiers Graaf. leader of the United Party since 1956. He was chosen as the interim leader.