Democratic Party of Moldova

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Democratic Party of Moldova
President Marian Lupu
Founder Dumitru Diacov
Founded 8 February 1997
Headquarters Chişinău
Ideology Social democracy,[1]
Pro-Europeanism,
Third Way[1]
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Alliance for European Integration
International affiliation Socialist International,
Progressive Alliance
European affiliation Party of European Socialists (observer)
Colours Blue, Red
Parliament
15 / 101
District Presidents
6 / 32
Website
http://www.pdm.md/
Politics of Moldova
Political parties
Elections

The Democratic Party of Moldova (Romanian: Partidul Democrat din Moldova, PDM) is a social-democratic[2][1] political party in Moldova. It is a member of Socialist International and the Party of European Socialists.[3]

History[edit]

The party was established in 1997 as the For a Democratic and Prosperous Moldova Social-Political Movement by former members of the Democratic Agrarian Party of Moldova, the Unity Movement for Equality in Rights and the Socialist Party of Moldova. It had grown out of the movement that supported independent candidate Petru Lucinschi in the 1996 presidential elections.[4]

It formed the basis of the For a Democratic and Prosperous Moldova (PMDP) alliance during the 1998 parliamentary elections. The PMDP won 24 of the 101 seats and became the third-largest faction in Parliament. It formed the Alliance for Democracy and Reforms coalition together with Democratic Convention of Moldova and the Party of Democratic Forces, which was able to form a government led by Ion Ciubuc.

In 2000 the party adopted its current name. It received 5% of the vote in the 2001 elections, but failed to win a seat. The party then joined the Electoral Bloc Democratic Moldova for the 2005 elections; the Bloc received 28.4% of the vote, winning 34 seats, of which eight were taken by the Democratic Party. However, after the elections the bloc split into three parliamentary groups consisting of the constituent parties.

The Social Liberal Party merged into the PDM on 10 February 2008. The April 2009 elections saw the party receive 3% of the vote and fail to win a seat.[5] However, it increased its vote share to 13% in the early elections in July 2009, winning 13 seats. It subsequently joined the ruling Alliance for European Integration coalition alongside the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova, the Liberal Party and Party Alliance Our Moldova.

In February 2010, approximately 11,000 members of the smaller Social Democratic Party defected to the PDM as Lupu seeks to "consolidate" the Moldovan centre-left.[6]

There is however controversy about the businessman that is reported by some TV posts and jurnalists - Vlad Plahotniuc.

Is is said that he is in fact the leader of the party and governs the party from the shadows alledgedly being connected to numerous criminal activities, illegal buying of governament property such as the National Hotel (Hotelul National) from Chisinau and being the beneficiary of the raider attacks from 2011. As a direct result gaining the shares of Banca de Economii and Moldova Agroindbank, Victoriabank and of the society of shares ASITO through off-shore companies.

The Interpol provided evidence and stated that this person is under monitorization. 

As of 2014 he is still allegedly governing the party and influencing the politics and politicians in the Republic of Moldova.[7][8][9]

Election results[edit]

Results since 1998
Election year Type of Election Votes % MPs
1998
Parliament
294,691
18.16
24
2001
Parliament
79,757
5.02
0
2005
Parliament
444,377 (EBDM)
28.53 (EBDM)
8
2009 (April)
Parliament
45,698
2.97
0
2009 (July)
Parliament
198,268
12.54
13
2010
Parliament
218,861
12.72
15

Notable members[edit]

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