Party of the Democratic Revolution
Published 28th June, 2012
The Party of the Democratic Revolution or PRD was founded in 1989 as a splinter group from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). It describes itself as centre-left and believes in Socialism and Social Democracy.
In their first electoral outing in 1991 the PRD took two seats in the 64 seats Senate or upper house and 41 of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house).
From this point on they started to do very well. In 1994 their candidate came third in the presidential election, they took eight of 128 seats in the Senate and they increased their tally in the Chamber of Deputies to 71 seats.
The Party of the Democratic Revolution increased their seats again in 1997 to 16 of 128 in the Senate and 125 of 500 in the Chamber of Deputies.
Then they entered into a disastrous alliance with the Labor Party, Party of the Nationalist Society, Convergence for the Democracy and the Party of Social Action called the Alliance for Mexico in 1997. Although they held their 16 seats in the Senate, they dropped to just 65 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
2003 saw them standing alone once more and they increased their number of seats in the lower house to 97 of 500.
In 2006 the PRD joined another coalition called the Coalition for the Good of All with Convergence and the Labor Party (PT). The joint presidential candidate came third, the PRD took 31 of 128 Senate seats and increased their number of seats in the Chamber of deputies to 127 of 500.
2009 proved to be a pretty awful year for the PRD. They dropped 54 seats in the Chamber of deputies, taking just 72 of the 500 seats.
In the 2012 elections their fortunes appear to be improving once more with a very strong presidential candidate in Manuel López Obrador who looks like becoming a close second to the PRI candidate.
The Party of the Democratic Revolution is a member of the Socialist International and also of the Foro de São Paulo (a left wing Latin American grouping).