Copei – People's Party (Spanish: Copei – Partido Popular), also called Social Christian Party (Spanish: Partido Socialcristiano) or Green Party (Spanish: Partido Verde), is a Christian democraticparty in Venezuela. The acronym stands for Comité de Organización Política Electoral Independiente ("Political Electoral Independent Organization Committee"). It was founded on January 13, 1946, by Rafael Caldera, who later served as president under the party's banner. Copei, along with Democratic Action, was the dominant Venezuelan party from 1958 to 1998. The only other Copei member to become president of Venezuela was Luis Herrera Campins, between 1979 and 1983. The party's leaders were Lorenzo Fernández, Eduardo Fernández and Oswaldo Álvarez Paz.
^Crisp, Brian F.; Levine, Daniel H.; Molina, Jose E. (2003), The Rise and Decline of COPEI in Venezuela, Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts (Stanford University Press): 275