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Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally


Published 24th October, 2012

The Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally (ADF-RDA) was formed in 2002 when the two parties, the Alliance for Democracy and Federation (ADF) and the African Democratic Rally (RDA) decided to cooperate in the general election of that year.

The African Democratic Rally (RDA) was formerly the ruling party and can trace its history back to 1946 when it was part of the nationalist movement. In 1960 it was known as the Voltaic Democratic Union and was the dominant party. It was later revived in 1991 after multiple parties were allowed once more after nearly thirty years of one party rule by various military regimes.

The Alliance for Democracy and Federation (ADF) was launched in 1990 and subsequently was part of the government.

The Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally is probably best described as a centrist to centre left party. It believes in Pluralism, Equality, Freedom of Expression and Liberalism.

The two parties joined forces in 2002 for the National Assembly elections and won 17 of the 111 seats. In 2003 the party split and it was left with eight members in the parliament. However, in 2007 it contested the elections and won 14 seats.

In the 2005 and 2010 presidential elections the party supported President Blaise Compaoré’s candidacy.

The Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally is a member of Liberal International and the Africa Liberal Network.


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