Portuguese Democratic Movement

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Portuguese Democratic Movement
Movimento Democrático Português
President Francisco Pereira de Moura
Founded 1969 (1969)
Dissolved 28 March 1994; 23 years ago (1994-03-28)
Headquarters Lisbon
Think tank Democratic Intervention
Ideology Left-wing nationalism
Democratic socialism
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation United People Alliance (1979–1987)
International affiliation None
Colours          Red and black

The Portuguese Democratic Movement/Democratic Electoral Commissions (Portuguese: Movimento Democrático Português / Comissões Democráticas Eleitorais, MDP/CDE or just MDP) was one of the most important organizations of the democratic opposition to the Portuguese fascist regime. It was founded in 1969 as an electoral coalition meant to run in the non-democratic and widely manipulated parliamentary election.


In 1973 the MDP took part in the Democratic Congress of Aveiro, the largest meeting of democratic militants during the dictatorship. After the Carnation Revolution in 1974, it was made part of every provisional government, with exception of the 6th and in 1979 it ran in coalition with the Portuguese Communist Party in the FEPU and later in APU, achieving important electoral results.

In 1987, disagreements with the PCP arose, the coalition was dissolved and the MDP was later disbanded. A fraction formed the political association Democratic Intervention (Portuguese: Intervenção Democrática) and another group formed a new party, the Politics XXI (Portuguese: Política XXI) that now is part of the Left Bloc.