Social Democratic Power

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Social Democratic Power
Poder Democrático Social
President Jorge Quiroga
Founded 2005 (2005)
Dissolved 2009 (2009)
Preceded by Nationalist Democratic Action
Succeeded by Social Democrat Movement
Headquarters La Paz
Ideology Nationalism
Neoliberalism
Conservatism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation International Democrat Union
Regional affiliation Union of Latin American Parties
Colours      Red
Politics of Bolivia
Political parties
Elections

The Social Democratic Power (Spanish: Poder Democrático Social, PODEMOS) was a Bolivian political party based on pro-business goals.

History[edit]

Podemos is in fact the continuation of the Acción Democrática Nacionalista (ADN) of former president Hugo Banzer. Upon Banzer's death in 2002, former president Jorge Quiroga (2001-2002) became leader of the ADN, but apparently concluded that the name of the party was too associated with the life and thought of the ex-dictator. Thus, he changed the name of the organization to Podemos and ran as its presidential candidate in the 2005 elections. He finished a distant second to current president Evo Morales of MAS (Movement Toward Socialism). Even though Podemos is on the surface a new party, its structures, ideology, and supporters remain basically the same as those of the old ADN.