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
Headquarters La Paz
Ideology Nationalism
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation International Democrat Union
Regional affiliation Union of Latin American Parties
Colours      Red

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


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.