Social Democratic Power

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Poder Democrático Social
Leader Jorge Quiroga
Founded 1979 (ADN)
2005 (PODEMOS)
Headquarters La Paz, Bolivia
Ideology Bolivian nationalism
Liberal conservatism
Political position Centre-right
Regional affiliation Union of Latin American Parties
Politics of Bolivia
Political parties

Podemos is the name of a right-of-center, pro-business Bolivian political party. It is a pseudo-acronym standing for 'Poder Democrático Social' (in English, Social Democratic Power), but the word also means "We can."


Podemos is in fact the continuation of the Acción Democrática Nacionalista (ADN) of former president Hugo Banzer. Upon Banzer's death in 2002, former president Jorge Quiroga (2001-2002) became leader of the ADN, but apparently concluded that the name of the party was too associated with the life and thought of the ex-dictator. Thus, he changed the name of the organization to Podemos and ran as its presidential candidate in the 2005 elections. He finished a distant second to current president Evo Morales of MAS (Movement Toward Socialism). Even though Podemos is on the surface a new party, its structures, ideology, and supporters remain basically the same as those of the old ADN.