Alternative Democratic Pole
|Alternative Democratic Pole
Polo Democrático Alternativo
|Senate leader||Jorge Enrique Robledo|
|International affiliation||Foro de São Paulo, Socialist International (observer)|
|Seats in the Chamber of Representatives|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Politics of Colombia
It was founded as an electoral alliance of the Independent Democratic Pole (PDI) and the Democratic Alternative (AD) in December 2005. Both parties opposed the neoliberal economic program, securitization and (para-)militarization of Colombia under then-President Álvaro Uribe. Nowadays, it is the only parliamentary party that has declared opposition to government of Juan Manuel Santos. A considerable part of PDA politicians consists of former guerilla fighters who gave up armed struggle and demobilized during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In a primary election held on March 12, 2006, Gaviria won the presidential nomination of the PDA.
In the simultaneous legislative elections of 2006, the party won 9 out of 166 Deputies and 11 out of 100 senators.
At the presidential elections of 28 May 2006, Carlos Gaviria came second with 22.04% of the vote, 2,613,157 votes. This was the highest ever result for a left-wing candidate in Colombia's history. Thus, the party replaced the long-standing Liberal Party as the country's second force and main opposition party.
After the election, the PDA was successful in gaining the support of groups representing the indigenous movement which affiliated with the coalition. Also, on its fourth national congress, the guerilla group National Liberation Army (ELN) commented favorably about the PDA's electoral performance and declared that political action should take precedence over armed struggle. The PDA could further consolidate its organization and gain support on a local level.
In October 2007, the PDA's candidate, Samuel Moreno Rojas won the mayoral election in Colombia's capital Bogotá. He served for four years until 2011. Moreover, the alliance won the mayoral election in the country's second and third largest city, Medellín and Cali, routing the candidates of the parties that supported the administration of President Álvaro Uribe.
In the 2010 congressional election, PDA's support declined. It won 7.8% of votes and 8 of 100 seats in the Senate, and 5.9% of the vote and 4 of 164 seats in the House of Representatives, demoting it to the sixth rank among parliamentary parties. Before the election, a faction of the PDA had split off and joined the Green Party.
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- Polo Democrático Alternativo (Homepage, Spanish)
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- Democracia a distancia: Elecciones 2006 (Portalcol.com) (Information about the Pole's list of candidates to the Colombian Senate, Spanish).
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