Citizens' Movement (Mexico)

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Citizens' Movement
Movimiento Ciudadano
Leader Luis Walton Aburto
Founded August 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) (Convergence)
July 31, 2011 (2011-07-31) (Citizens' Movement)
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Progressive Movement (PRD+PT+MC)
Colours Orange and Blue
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
17 / 500
Seats in the Senate
2 / 128
1 / 32
Politics of Mexico
Political parties

Citizens' Movement (Spanish: Movimiento Ciudadano) is a political party in Mexico. It was initially known as "Convergence for Democracy" (Spanish: Convergencia por la Democracia), but the name was shortened to simply Convergence (Spanish: Convergencia) in August 2002. In July 2011, it was reformed as the Citizens' Movement.

Convergence was founded as a "national political grouping" in 1997. It attained registered party status in 1999 and participated in federal elections in the 2000 general election as a component in the "Alliance for Mexico" (Alianza por México), whose (unsuccessful) presidential candidate was Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. In that election, as its part of the alliance's share, it was awarded one Senate seat and two in the Chamber of Deputies.

It fought the 2003 mid-term congressional election as an independent (unallied) party, and was rewarded with 2.3% of the popular vote and five seats in the Chamber of Deputies. As of 2004 it governed 28 municipalities in various parts of the country.

Convergencia logo

In the 2006 general election, Convergence allied itself with the Party of the Democratic Revolution and the Labour Party to form the Alliance for the Good of All coalition, whose presidential candidate was Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The party won 17 out of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 5 out of 128 Senators.

State governments by party (2013)

Convergence describes itself as a social democratic party. Its electoral colours are blue and orange; the party logo is a blue circle, superimposed by an orange eagle and the word Convergencia. The party was renamed the Citizens' Movement and reformed on 31 July 2011.[1]


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