Democratic Party (East Timor)

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Democratic Party in Timor-Leste
Leader Fernando de Araújo
(until 2015)
Founded 10 June 2000
Headquarters Rua de Colmera, Dili
Youth wing Democratic Youth
Women's wing Democratic Women's Organisation
Ideology Social democracy
Social liberalism
Political position Centre-left[1]
Colours Blue, White
National Parliament
7 / 65
Party flag
PD Timor logo.jpg

The Democratic Party (Portuguese: Partido Democrático) or the Democratic Party In Timor-Leste is a centre-left political party in East Timor, established on 10 June 2001. Currently, most of the members of the party are of the young generation who are studying abroad, and those who have completed their studies in Indonesia, Norway, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Political history[edit]

In the 2001 parliamentary election held on 30 August, the party won 8.7% of the popular vote and seven out of 88 seats, the second-highest representation in parliament, after Fretilin.

In the April 2007 presidential election, the party's leader, Fernando de Araújo, took third place with 19.18% of the vote.[2]

In provisional results of the June 2007 parliamentary election, the party won 11.30% of the vote, placing fourth.[3]

Election results[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
7 / 88
31,680 8.72% Increase 7 seats; Opposition Fernando de Araújo
8 / 65
46,946 11.30% Increase 1 seat; Governing coalition (CNRT-PSD-ASDT-PD) Fernando de Araújo
8 / 65
48,851 10.31% Steady No change; Governing coalition (CNRT-PD) Fernando de Araújo
7 / 65
55,595 9.79% Decrease 1 seat

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Candidate 1st round
(Total votes)
Share of votes Outcome 2nd round
(Total votes)
Share of votes Outcome
2007 Fernando de Araújo 77,459 19.18% Lost Red XN
2012 Fernando de Araújo 80,381 17.30% Lost Red XN

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Shoesmith, Dennis (October 2011), Political Parties and Groupings of Timor-Leste (3rd ed.), p. 36 
  2. ^ 2007 presidential election results Archived 16 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine., East Timor Election Commission website.
  3. ^ "National Provisional Results from the 30 June 2007 Parliamentary Elections" Archived 10 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Comissão Nacional de Eleições Timor-Leste, 9 July 2007.