A political party to the left of centre, espousing liberal-democratic policies. Also attributive.See also Prog.
Formed in 1977 when some members of the defunct United Party (see UP) were absorbed into the Progressive Reform Party (see PRP), the PFP was one of three groups which merged to form the Democratic Party in 1989 (see note at DPnoun2).
1977Daily Dispatch 6 Sept. 1Mr Eglin’s address to the congress was adopted as a formal declaration of PFP policy.
1979Daily Dispatch 21 Mar. 10An image of Afrikanderdom that is no longer nurtured in the hearts of the average urban Afrikaner..like Van Zyl Slabbert and Japie Basson of the PFP, both ‘ware’ Afrikaners.
1990M. KentridgeUnofficial War 134The Pietermaritzburg branch of the Democratic Party.., despite suffering setbacks in its previous incarnation as the PFP in the 1987 general elections, has been active in monitoring and exposing the situation in the townships.
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