Social Democrat Movement
|Social Democrat Movement|
|Movimiento Demócrata Social|
|President||Ruben Costas Aguilera|
|Founded||December 15th 2013|
|Preceded by||Social Democratic Power|
|Headquarters||Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia|
|International affiliation||International Democrat Union|
|Regional affiliation||Union of Latin American Parties|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Politics of Bolivia
The Social Democrat Movement ("Democrats"; Spanish: Movimiento Demócrata Social, MDS), founded in 2009 with the name of Popular Consensus (Spanish: Consenso Popular, CP), is a Bolivian political party founded in 2009 by politicians associated with the right-wing of the country's political spectrum and the movement for greater autonomy for the eastern departments of the Media Luna.
In the 2009 national election, the party formed an electoral alliance with the National Unity Front, the Consensus Alliance for National Unity, behind the candidacy of Samuel Doria Medina for President. During the 2010 regional election it was involved with the All for Cochabamba and We are all Chuquisaca alliances, and supported the candidacy of Rubén Costas for governor of Santa Cruz. In Pando, the party narrowly lost to the Movement towards Socialism in state elections, and thus formed the principal opposition.
Rubén Costas, governor of Santa Cruz department, announced the party's transformation in the Social Democrat Movement in March 2013. Twenty leaders gathered to launch the party in April 2013, including Costas, Beni governor Carmelo Lens and his predecessor Ernesto Suárez, Senator Bernard Gutiérrez (PPB-Cochabamba), and Cochabamba council member Ninoska Lazarte. The launch was hosted by Savina Cuéllar, the former prefect of Chuquisaca Department, who is currently under house arrest facing charges for the May 24, 2008 violence in Sucre. After a failed petition to legally merge the registration of Costas' Truth and Social Democracy (VERDES) party, Renewing Freedom and Democracy (Libertad y Democracia Renovadora; Líder), and Popular Consensus in June, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal authorized Popular Consensus to rename itself the Social Democrat Movement in August 2013. The party is scheduled to decide on its presidential nominee on December 15, 2013.
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- "TSE inscribe al Movimiento Demócratas". Los Tiempos (Cochabamba, Bolivia). 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- "Demócratas arrancan previas y Costas no descarta ser candidato". Opinión (Cochabamba, Bolivia). 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
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