Published 23rd April, 2014
The Democratic Change Party or PCD (CD) was founded on 20th May 1998 and is led by Ricardo Martinelli the winner of the 2009 presidential election. The party describes itself as Centre-right and believes in Conservatism and Populism.
In its first election in 1999 the party won two seats in the 71 seat National Assembly. During the election it was part of the Union for Panama (UPP) alliance whose candidate, Mireya Moscoso, won the election with 44.81% of the vote.
In 2004 the party increased its tally of seats to three in a 78 seat National Assembly but its alliance did not win the presidential election.
In 2009 its leader Ricardo Martinelli led an alliance called the Alliance for Change (APC) and he won the election with 60.03% of the vote. In the 71 seat National Assembly the party won 14 seats.