Plurinational Unity of the Lefts

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Plurinational Unity of the Lefts
Unidad Plurinacional de la Izquierdas
Leader Collective leadership
Founded 2011
Ideology Anti-capitalism
Democratic socialism
Political position Left-wing to Far-left
Seats in the National Assembly
5 / 137

Plurinational Unity of the Lefts (Unidad Plurinacional de las Izquierdas) is a left-wing political coalition in Ecuador, created in 2011.


In 2009, Pachakutik and the Democratic People's Movement (MPD) broke with the ruling PAIS Alliance over disagreements on water law and teacher evaluations. In the National Assembly, a new caucus formed called the Plurinational, Progressive, and Leftist Democratic Assembly, composed of Pachakutik and MPD assemblymen and assemblywomen.

2011 Referendum[edit]

Plurinational Unity of the Lefts participated in the referendum and popular consultation of 2011, advising a "no" vote on questions 1-9, and "yes" on 10. They used the slogan "Not this time, President" recognizing their past support of President Correa's proposals, but conveying their support was over.

Prostests of 2012[edit]

PCMLE formation in 2012.

Beginning on 8 March 2012, Plurinational Unity of the Lefts participated in a series of peaceful protests, commonly called the 8-M Movement, by indigenous groups, left-wing opponents of the government, environmental groups, LGBT groups, and students, which culminated in the arrival of more than 30,000 people in the streets of Ecuador.

Participating Parties[edit]

The coalition currently comprises the following ten parties (in alphabetical order):

Electoral Results[edit]

National Assembly[edit]

National Assembly
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
2013 4,149,243 4.73
5 / 137


Election year Candidate # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
2013 Alberto Acosta 280,539 3.26

See also[edit]