Social Democratic Party of Popular Accord

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Social Democratic Party of Popular Accord
Founded 1997
Headquarters Minsk
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
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The Social Democratic Party of Popular Accord (Belarusian: Сацыял-дэмакратычная партыя Народнай Згоды) is a political party in Belarus, that opposes the government of president Alexander Lukashenko. It was created in 1997. Leader of the party is Sergey Yermak. At the last legislative elections, 13–17 October 2004, the party didn't secure any seat. These elections fell according to the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission [1] significantly short of OSCE commitments. Universal principles and constitutionally guaranteed rights of expression, association and assembly were seriously challenged, calling into question the Belarusian authorities' willingness to respect the concept of political competition on a basis of equal treatment. According to this mission principles of an inclusive democratic process, whereby citizens have the right to seek political office without discrimination, candidates to present their views without obstruction, and voters to learn about them and discuss them freely, were largely ignored.