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
Conservatism
Federalism
Political position Centre-right
Regional affiliation Union of Latin American Parties
Politics of Bolivia
Political parties
Elections

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."

History[edit]

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.