People's Democratic Party (Spain)
|Founded||21 July 1982|
|Dissolved||4 June 1989|
|Split from||Union of the Democratic Centre|
|Merged into||People's Party|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
The People's Democratic Party (Spanish: Partido Demócrata Popular, PDP), renamed as Christian Democracy (Spanish: Democracia Cristiana, DC) from March 1988 until it merged into the People's Party in June 1989, was a Christian-democratic political party in Spain.
In August 1982, 13 deputies under the leadership of Óscar Alzaga split from the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) and founded the PDP, entering into alliance with the People's Alliance (AP), which received the second largest number of votes in the 1982 and 1986 general elections. The party President was Óscar Alzaga until 1986, then Javier Rupérez led the party into a merger with AP and PL. Jaime Mayor Oreja, now a leading PP politician, was a leading member of PDP.
In 1988 the party was renamed as "Christian Democracy" (Democracia Cristiana). In 1989 the party, along with the Popular Alliance and the Liberal Party (PL), merged with others to create the new People's Party (PP).
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- Matuschek, Peter (2004), "Who Learns from Whom?: The Failure of Spanish Christian Democracy and the Success of the Partido Popular", Christian Democratic Parties in Europe since the End of the Cold War, Leuven University Press, p. 246
- "The PDP begins to disappear today to give way to the Christian Democracy". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 1988-03-04.
- Thomas Jansen; Steven Van Hecke (2011). At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 51. ISBN 978-3-642-19414-6.
- "La Democracia Cristiana se integra en el Partido Popular por mayoría absoluta". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 5 June 1989. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "El PP cobrará desde septiembre 36 millones mensuales de la Democracia Cristiana". El País (in Spanish). 4 June 1989. Retrieved 31 July 2015.