Alternative Democratic Pole
Published 12th February, 2014
The Alternative Democratic Pole or PDA was founded in 2005 out of the alliance between the Independent Democratic Pole (PDI) and the Democratic Alternative (AD). The party describes itself as Left-wing and believes in Social democracy, Democratic socialism and Progressivism.
The party comprises members of many former paramilitary activists who gave up their activities in the 1980s and 1990s and joined the political process. It is the only party to have opposed both the presidency of Álvaro Uribe and of Juan Manuel Santos.
In the 2006 general election the party won 10 of the 102 seats in the Senate and four of the 166 seats in the Chamber of Representatives.
They dropped back in the 2010 election, taking eight of the 102 seats in the Senate and seven of the 164 seats in the Chamber of Representatives.
The Alternative Democratic Pole is a member of Foro de São Paulo and an Observer member of the Socialist International.