Social Democratic Party

Published 9th September, 2013

The Social Democratic Party or PSD is an opposition party founded after the 1991 constitutional changes. This mainly Hutu party describes itself as centre-left and believes in Social Democracy.

The party participated in government coalitions from April 1992. Its president and vice-president were both killed in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

In 2003 the party stood as an opposition party in the general election and won seven of the 80 seats in the newly formed Chamber of Deputies with 12.3% of the vote.

The party stood again in 2008 and again won seven seats.

In the 2010 presidential election its candidate, Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo came second with 5.15% of the vote.

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