Party of the Democratic Revolution
|Party of the Democratic Revolution|
|President||Carlos Navarrete Ruiz|
|Secretary||Héctor Miguel Bautista López|
|Founded||May 5, 1989|
|Split from||Institutional Revolutionary Party|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Political position||Centre-left to Left-wing|
|National affiliation||Broad Progressive Front|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance,
|Continental affiliation||Foro de São Paulo, COPPPAL|
|Colours||Yellow and Black |
|Seats in the Chamber of Deputies|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Politics of Mexico
The Party of the Democratic Revolution (Spanish: Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD) is a social democratic political party in Mexico and one of two Mexican affiliates of the Socialist International. The PRD is a member of the Broad Progressive Front alliance.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Before the Founding
- 1.2 Founding
- 1.3 First Decade (1989-1999)
- 1.4 Second Decade (1999-2009)
- 1.5 Modern Era (2009-Present)
- 1.6 Electoral history
- 2 Principles
- 3 Internal Organization
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Before the Founding
Break from PRI (1986-1988)
The PRD has its origins with the leftists members of the PRI. In 1986, three PRI members- Rodolfo González Guevara, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas- formed the Democratic Current ,a political faction within the PRI. The Democratic Current aimed to pressure the PRI to become a more democratic party, to address the issue of national debt a well as the social effects of the economic crisis that came from attempting to pay that debt. The Democratic Current was also against the technocratization of the party and nation that was taking place under the de la Madrid presidency. The people in power had not held public office and were scholars that were often educated abroad. Conversely, the Democratic Current did not have many technocrats and was left out of the decision making process. This led the Democratic Current members to be more vocal about their concerns because they did not have a powerful position to protect.
After public criticisms between the Democratic Current and the PRI, ten Democratic Current members signed Working Document Number One which was the official beginning of the Democratic Current. However, the PRI refused to acknowledge the Democratic Current as an organization unless they joined a union for fear that they would cause division within the party. Later, the PRI released a list of six possible candidates for president in which there was no process to apply and in which Cardenas was notably not listed. On October 4, 1987 Carlos Salinas de Gortari was ultimately chosen as the PRI candidate. Gortari did not embody anything that the Democratic Current wanted and many of the Democratic Current members left the PRI including Cárdenas during November 1987.
1988 Presidential Election
On October 12, Cárdenas became the Authentic Party of the Mexican Revolution’s presidential candidate while remaining an independent candidate due to electoral laws. Remaining independent meant that many parties could choose Cárdenas as their candidate. The groups of the independent left that supported Cárdenas were the Socialist Mexican Party which included the Unified Socialist Party of Mexico, the Mexican Workers' Party, the Patriotic Revolutionary Party, the Communist Left Unity, and the People's Revolutionary Movement. The parastatal groups that supported Cárdenas were the Authentic Party of the Mexican Revoution, Popular Socialist Party, and the Party of the Cardenist Front of National Reconstruction which made up the National Democratic Front (Mexico). Other groups that supported Cardenas were the Social Democratic Party, Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, Democratic Unity, Movement to Socialism, Critical Point Revolutionary Organization, and Neighborhood Assembly
In the 1988 presidential election the independent candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas had come closer than any other political candidate to winning against the PRI, which had been in power since 1929. The win of the PRI's candidate, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, in 1988 was largely considered electoral fraud after the computers tabulating votes had reportedly crashed. Years later, it was determined that there was indeed electoral fraud in the election.
The 1988 electoral fraud sparked a movement against the authoritarian rule of the PRI and towards a democracy. As an integral part of the movement towards democracy, the Party of the Democratic Revolution was formed as Mexico’s only leftwing party. On May 5, 1989, Cárdenas pronounced into existence the PRD. Former PRI members who also helped found the PRD include: Cárdenas, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, and Ifigenia Martinez y Hernandez.
The party was originally founded by smaller left-wing parties such as the Partido Comunista Mexicano (PCM, Mexican Communist Party), Partido Socialista Unificado de México (PSUM, Unified Socialist Party of Mexico), Partido Mexicano Socialista (PMS, Socialist Mexican Party) and Partido Mexicano de los Trabajadores (PMT, Mexican Workers' Party). The PMS donated its registration with the Federal Electoral Commission (CFE) to enable the new party to be established.
During elections, the PRD often claimed that the PRI was participating in electoral fraud. This was in contrast to PAN, the conservative party, who chose to cooperate with the PRI. However, the PRD also cooperated with the PRI to make policy changes that moved towards democracy.
First Decade (1989-1999)
In the beginning years the PRD was not successful in elections because of electoral fraud. Salinas had made some improvements to the Mexican economy but Mexico still did not have a democratic system. During this time the PRD had become involved with many social justice movements against the neoliberal and antidemocratic policies of the PRI. However, according to López Castellanos, because the PRD began as a combination of many groups, there were many viewpoints and it was difficult to form a unified front. Inside the PRD, there are "currents" that are dedicated to specific approaches and stances or about specific themes or movements. This division between currents was seen during the internal election of March 14, 1999 where there were voting discrepancies.
1994 Presidential Candidate: Cardenas
Cardenas ran for national presidency under the PRI in 1994. During the 1994 presidential election, the PRI used its media influence to promote the idea that changing the governing party would disrupt the nation.
After Presidential Elections
In 1997, the PRD won its first governorship with Cardenas becoming the governor of Mexico City. The PRD also gained the second most members in the Chamber of Deputies. These victories were due in part to changes in electoral rules.
By the end of 1999, 650 PRD members of the PRD had been assassinated, mostly by the PRI, as a way to intimidate those working towards democracy, civic engagement, and social movements.
Second Decade (1999-2009)
2000 Presidential Candidate: Cardenas
2006 Presidential Candidate: AMLO
The former mayor of Mexico City, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was the presidential candidate for the "Coalición por el Bien de Todos" (Coalition for the Good of All) in the 2006 presidential elections. After the general election of July 2, 2006, and a recount of the 9.09% of the ballot tally sheets which supposedly presented irregularities, the Federal Electoral Institute recorded the vote results in favor of Felipe Calderón by a margin of 0.58 percent. These results were later validated by the Federal Electoral Tribunal. However, the PRD claimed that there was election fraud. The claims of election fraud have been rejected by the Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF), which considered these "notoriously out of order" ("notoriamente improcedente") and certified PAN's candidate Felipe Calderón as the winner.
After, AMLO rallied his supporters to hold demonstrations in the capital, Mexico City, which were organized by the PRD, whose stronghold is in Mexico City. The PRD had called for demonstrations and set up camps in the capital's main square, blocking one of its main avenues (Paseo de la Reforma) for six weeks to demand a recount of all votes, which was not granted. The camps were later dismantled after confrontation with the Mexican Army became likely, and Obrador was declared "Legitimate President" by his followers in a "public open vote" (people in the main square raising their hands). Obrador does not recognize the legitimacy of Calderón.
The PRD was criticized for not complying with the democratic system that it had lauded and helped create. However, the PRD could not agree on whether they should move forward and cooperate with the current system and contribute to policy or take on a uncompromising stance in an attempt to overturn the current system. This split later trickled on to other things such as electoral and petroleum reforms where one part of the party wanted to cooperate while the other refused to out of allegiance to AMLO.
In 2008 after bitter infighting within the party Jesús Ortega, an opponent of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was elected party president. In the 2009 legislative elections, López Obrador supported two smaller parties while maintaining his ties to the PRD.
The party had enjoyed a reputation of honesty unmatched by its competitors, until the "Video Scandals" a series of videos where notable party members were taped receiving cash funds or betting large sums of money in a Las Vegas casino.
Later, another video was recorded by Cuba's government where Carlos Ahumada, the man providing the money, states that members of the PRI and PAN, PRD's rivals, were planning the situation presented in the first video as part of a plot against Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discredit him as a possible presidential candidate.
Party members who were seen on the video tapes were expelled from the party, but those who were supposedly associated, but never legally charged, are still active members.
Modern Era (2009-Present)
2012 Presidential Candidate: AMLO
AMLO ran for president again in 2012.
The party only has electoral presence in central and Southern Mexico, whereas in the North its voting averages is only 5%. It has won gubernatorial races in some states including Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacán, although most of them have been obtained with former members of the PRI. It has also maintained control over the Federal District (Mexico City) since 1997, with three former members of the PRI. In the 2003 local elections, 13 of the Federal District's 16 boroughs (delegaciones) were won by PRD candidates; in the 2006 election, that figure rose to 14.
In the 2000 presidential election the Alianza por México (the "Alliance for Mexico", comprising the PRD and four smaller parties) candidate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas won 16.6% of the popular vote and 15 seats in the Senate. Three years later in the 2003 legislative elections the party won 17.6% of the popular vote and 95 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
|Election year||Candidate||# votes||% vote||Result||Note|
|2000||Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas||6,256,780||16.6||Defeated||Coalition: Alliance for Mexico|
|2006||Andrés Manuel López Obrador||14,756,350||35.3||Defeated||Coalition: Coalition for the Good of All|
|2012||Andrés Manuel López Obrador||15,848,827||32.4||Defeated||Coalition: Progressive Movement|
Chamber of Deputies
|Election year||Constituency||PR||# of seats||Position||Presidency||Note|
|2000||6,948,204||18.7||6,990,143||18.7||Minority||Vicente Fox||Coalition: Alliance for Mexico|
|2006||11,941,842||29.0||12,013,364||29.0||Minority||Felipe Calderón||Coalition: Coalition for the Good of All|
|2012||13,426,702||27.0||13,502,179||27.0||Minority||Enrique Peña Nieto||Coalition: Progressive Movement|
|Election year||Constituency||PR||# of seats||Position||Presidency||Note|
|2000||7,027,944||18.9||7,027,994||18.8||Minority||Vicente Fox||Coalition: Alliance for Mexico|
|2006||12,292,512||29.7||12,397,008||29.7||Minority||Felipe Calderón||Coalition: Coalition for the Good of All|
|2012||13,609,393||27.2||13,718,847||27.3||Minority||Enrique Peña Nieto||Coalition: Progressive Movement|
|Years in Office||Candidate||Note|
|2000-2005||Andrés Manuel López Obrador|
|2012-2018||Miguel Ángel Mancera|
|Years in Office||Candidate||Note|
|1998-2004||Ricardo Monreal Ávila|
|Years in Office||Candidate||Note|
|1999-2005||Alfonso Sánchez Anaya|
|Years in Office||Candidate||Note|
|1999-2005||Leonel Corta Montaño|
|2005-2011||Narciso Agúndez Montaño|
|Years in Office||Candidate||Note|
|2002-2008||Lázaro Cárdenas Batel|
The PRD believes that Mexico currently has large problems of economic and social inequality that halts social development and affects liberty and democratic coexistence. Which is why the PRD has developed the following principles for their political party.
Democracy is the political regimen that should be established in society and the values of democracy will rule the internal organization of our party. We consider it to be the most basic principle that the PRD hopes to establish in Mexico strengthened by an open, democratic, and transparent system of parties. We assume that democracy is the political system in which the ruling power goes to the people through voting.  Which is why the party encourages civic engagement. The PRD acknowledges the diversity of Mexico and is committed to preserve and develop it. The PRD is also committed to a secular state in which there can be liberty, tolerance, and coexistence between all people.
2. Human Rights
Our party is against any form of segregation or discrimination.
The PRD fights to promote, expand, respect, protect, and guarantee the exercise of human rights understood in its most broad meaning which includes: civil, political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, access to information, solidarity for the collective benefit for all citizens, and ethnic groups, with emphasis on young people, children, women, senior citizens, the lesbian, gay, transexual, transgender, bisexual and intersexual community, and migrant workers in our country and abroad.
The PRD recognizes indigenous communities as equal in regards to the human rights that they are entitled to, with differences that must be respected.  These differences include their traditions, culture, forms of social expression, and language.  They have a right to self autonomy, their land, use of their land, conservation, collective use of their natural resources, and access to economic development.  It is an obligation of the state to support with public policy and methods necessary to guarantee the development of all indigenous communities and towns.  The PRD sustains the fundamental principle of the San Andrés Accords.
3. Substantive Equality and Diversity in Regards to Sexual Orientation
The PRD adopts the equality between women and men as well as gender mainstreaming. We champion the access to the same treatment and opportunities between men and women. We strive for women to have access to exercise their human, sexual, and reproductive rights and to make choices about their body in a free and informed manner. We promote gender equality in all social spheres which are manifested in patriarchal and machismo-based power relations that threaten the dignity of women. 
We reaffirm our commitment to guarantee the exercise of all of the rights of people with diverse sexual orientation, opposing any form of discrimination in the following scopes: labor, civil, family, governmental, or in any other social or political sphere.
4. Education, Science, and Culture
The PRD defends the educational principles that inspired the third article of the constitution and alights itself with an education -from beginning education to university- that is secular, public, free, scientific, and of quality, as well as an education that strengthens national identity.
The PRD, since its founding, believes that the state should have jurisdiction and should intervene in the fundamental and prioritized areas of the productive sector, as are nutrition, production of clean energy, telecommunications, the process of technology, infrastructure, communication mediums, financial systems, and technology trade for the national and regional development, restraining ownership and dominion of hydrocarbons and radio-electric spectrum for the nation and the recovery of basic goods that guarantee our sovereignty.
6. Social Justice
The PRD defends the rights of every Mexican worker, the preservation and expansion of social security and the permanent improvements of contractual conditions.
We assume the principle of sustainable development as well as preserving the cultural environment, we do this to satisfy the necessities of current and future generations, based on the responsible use of natural resources, including new tools for development, that would allow for the protection and recovery of the environment with comprehensive public policy.
8. International Scope
The PRD supports the self-determination of communities, no intervention, legal equality of states, the cooperation for national development and sovereignty and the respect and incorporation of international treaties to our legislation.
The PRD consists of: Congresses, Councils, and Executive Committees, an assembly, and a committee. The nation, states, and municipalities have the same organization. They each have a congress, a council, and an executive committee. Congress has the most authority, the council coordinates communication between congresses, and the executive committee applies the guidelines set in place by the council. The maximum rule for any elected position is three years. The national, state, and municipal president cannot be reelected for the same position. The PRD has an anti-discriminatory policy for its internal elections. The PRD has policies put in place that guarantee the inclusion of women, young people, and indigenous people.
The National Congress is the maximum authority of the PRD. The National Congress approves the statue, the declaration of principles, the program, and the political organization of the party. 90% of the National Congress is made up from delegates elected in municipal assemblies. The rest of the National Congress is made up by two delegates for each State Council, the presidents of the State Councils, the members of the National Executive Committee, and by the elected delegates of the National Council that shall not exceed 4% of the total delegates in the Party's Congress. The National Council choses the majority of its 21 member executive committee except for the president of the party, the secretary of the party, and the parliamentary group coordinators.
In 2014, the PRD became the first political party to have internal elections organized by the Federal Electoral Institute where those affiliated with the party could vote for the members of the National Congress and Council as well as State and Municipal Councils. 2 million people participated in the internal elections which is about 45% of those affiliated with the party.
Presidents of the Party
|Years in Office||President||Note|
|1993||Roberto Robles Garnica||Interim|
|1993-1996||Porfirio Muñoz Ledo|
|1996-1999||Andrés Manuel López Obrador|
|1999||Pablo Gómez Álvarez||Interim|
|2002-2003 ||Rosario Robles|
|2003-2005 ||Leonel Godoy Rangel||Interim|
|2005-2008 ||Leonel Cota Montaño|
|2008 ||Graco Ramírez and Raymundo Cárdenas||Legal representatives|
|2008 ||Guadalupe Acosta Naranjo||Interim|
|2008-2011 ||Jesús Ortega|
|2011-2014 ||Jesús Zambrano Grijalva|
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