Social Democratic Party (Gabon)

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The Social Democratic Party (French: Parti Social-Démocrate, PSD) is a political party in Gabon. It is part of the Presidential Majority coalition and is led by Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou.


The PSD was established in 1991.[1] Maganga Moussavou was nominated as its candidate for the 1993 presidential elections, finishing fourth in a field of thirteen candidates with 3.6% of the vote. He ran again in the 1998 presidential elections, this time finishing fifth out of the eight candidates with 1% of the vote.

The party won a single seat in the National Assembly in the 2001 parliamentary elections, and subsequently joined the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG)-led government.[2] It did not put forward a candidate for the 2005 presidential elections, but won two seat in the 2006 parliamentary elections, in which it was part of the pro-PDG bloc.[3]

Maganga Moussavou was nominated as the PSD candidate for the 2009 presidential elections, finishing sixth in a field of eighteen candidates with 0.8% of the vote.[3] The party was reduced to one seat in the 2011 parliamentary elections.[3]


  1. ^ Africa South of the Sahara 2004, Europa Publications, p449
  2. ^ Tom Lansford (2015) Political Handbook of the World 2015, CQ Press
  3. ^ a b c Elections in Gabon African Elections Database