Party of the Democratic Left (Slovakia)

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Party of the Democratic Left
Strana demokratickej ľavice
Leader Peter Weiss
Ľubomír Petrák
Founded 1990
Dissolved 4 December 2004
Preceded by Communist Party of Slovakia
Merged into Direction – Social Democracy
Headquarters Bratislava
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
European affiliation Party of European Socialists
International affiliation Socialist International[1]
European Parliament group Party of European Socialists
Colours Red, Blue

The Party of the Democratic Left (Slovak: Strana demokratickej ľavice, SDĽ) was a social-democratic political party in Slovakia from 1990 to 2004. It was founded in 1990 out of the Communist Party of Slovakia.

From 1994 to 1997, SDĽ was a member of a coalition called "Common Choice" (Spoločná voľba) that gained 10.18% (18 seats) in the Slovak parliament. They did not form a part of the government.

Since the 2002 elections, it has had no place in the Slovak legislature. It was a member of the Party of European Socialists and the Socialist International.

On 4 December 2004, the party membership voted to merge with Direction – Social Democracy from 1 January 2005. The latter party had broken off from the SDL five years earlier.

Election Results[edit]

National Council[edit]

Year Vote Vote % Seats Place Government
1992 453,203 14.7 29 2nd No
1994 299,469Decrease 10.4 Decrease 18 Decrease 2nd No
1998 492,507 Increase 14.7 Increase 23 Increase 3rd Decrease Yes
2002 39,163 Decrease 1.4 Decrease 0 Decrease 12th Decrease No

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harry Harmer (1999). The Longman Companion to the Labour Party, 1900-1998. Routledge. p. 193. ISBN 978-1-317-88349-4. 

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