Social Democratic Party

Published 17th February, 2011

The Social Democratic Party (SDE) can trace its founding back to 1990 when it was known as the Moderate People’s Party or Moderates. That in itself was an electoral alliance of the Estonian Rural Centre Party (EMK) and the Estonian Social Democratic Party (ESDP). The SDE formally came into being on 7th February 2004.

As the Moderates, they took 12 seats in the 1992 general election but dropped to six seats in 1995. In 1999 they increased their seat tally to 17 an increase of 11 seats and came fourth in the parliament.

In 2003 as the People’s Party Moderates they dropped back again to six seats and in 2007 as the newly named Social Democratic Party took ten seats and 10.6% of the vote.

The Social Democratic Party has been in government on four occasions; 1992 – 1994; 1994 – 1995; 1999 – 2001 and 2007 – 2009.

The SDE is a member of Socialist International and the Party of European Socialists.

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