People's Party – Dan Diaconescu

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People's Party – Dan Diaconescu

Partidul Poporului - Dan Diaconescu
PresidentSimona-Alice Man
Secretary-GeneralLiviu-Robert Neagu
Leader in the Chamber of DeputiesDumitru Niculescu
FounderDan Diaconescu
Dissolved29 June 2015
Merged intoUNPR
HeadquartersBucharest, Romania
Romanian nationalism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationNone
European affiliationEUDemocrats (collaboration)
International affiliationNone
European Parliament groupNone
ColoursWhite and purple

The People's Party – Dan Diaconescu (Romanian: Partidul Poporului – Dan Diaconescu; abbreviated PP-DD) was a populist political party in Romania created in 2011 by television presenter Dan Diaconescu.[3] In June 2015 it merged into the National Union for the Progress of Romania after Diaconescu was convicted of extortion.[4]


The People's Party – Dan Diaconescu was founded in 2011 by Romanian TV presenter Dan Diaconescu. The first congress of the party was held in January 2012, when the party was officially constituted. At the 2012 local election, the PP-DD came in third, on the party's ticket 31 mayors, 3,126 local councilors and 134 county councilors were elected. After the election, the party became the fourth largest political force in Romania, after the Social Democrats, the National Liberals and the Democratic Liberals. At the 2012 parliamentary election, the PP-DD came third again, successfully entering Parliament with 21 senators and 47 deputies. By June 2013 however, the party became heavily affected by party switching, losing 2 senators and 16 deputies, including its group leaders in both chambers.[5]

The PP-DD merged into the National Union for the Progress of Romania on 29 June 2015.[6]


The ideology of the PP-DD expressed nationalist and socialist sentiments. The party supported progressive measures like higher retirement pensions and salaries, and a lower VAT. The party also supported the collectivization of agriculture and the foundation of state companies with directly elected leadership, and sought a People's Tribunal.

European affiliation[edit]

On 21 May 2013, PP-DD publicized their collaboration with the EUDemocrats party.



Electoral history[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2012 1,036,730 13.99
47 / 412
1,086,822 14.65
21 / 176
 3rd  Opposition to USL government (until March 2014)
Opposition to PSD-UNPR-UDMR-PC government (until December 2014)
Opposition to PSD-UNPR-ALDE government (until November 2015)
Supporting Cioloș Cabinet (Ind.)

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2014 Dan Diaconescu 382,526

European elections[edit]

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2014 204,310 3.67%
0 / 32

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Romania govt set to win poll even as support slips, CNBC, 21 October 2012, archived from the original on 24 September 2015
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  3. ^ Stijn van Kessel (2015). Populist Parties in Europe: Agents of Discontent?. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-137-41411-3.
  4. ^ "Romanian media owner and politician gets five years in jail for blackmail". 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  5. ^ "Harta traseismului politic. "Dacă o femeie îşi părăseşte bărbatul pentru că are un amant, iar alta îl lasă pentru că e bătută, se cheamă că amândouă sunt traseiste?"". 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  6. ^ "Oprea: Am încheiat o fuziune prin absobţie cu PP-DD. Suntem un partid al uşilor deschise". Retrieved 1 July 2015.