Democratic Unity Roundtable
Published 3rd September, 2012
The Democratic Unity Roundtable or MUD was founded in January 2008 by a number of political parties opposed to the presidency of Hugo Chávez. What started as a collection of political parties is now open to any NGO or other civic institution that wishes to join with the following common aims:
• Work on the reconciliation of the country
• Strengthen its democratic institutionalism
• Place all the public powers and the Authorities at the service of “Good Governance ”
• Build a productive and progressive society
• Improve the quality of life of all Citizens
• Develop a Foreign Policy That Promotes projects and trust, respect and prosperity into the world.
The coalition was restructured in June 2009 and encompassed 11 political parties. By 2010 the number of political parties in the coalition had grown to 50 of which 16 are national parties.
MUD now embraces Democratic Action, one of the oldest and most successful parties prior to 1998. It also includes Comité de Organización Política Electoral Independiente or COPEI which was the second highly successful party before 1998. Both parties come from the centre right or Christian Democracy, but there are also left wing parties in the coalition such as the Movement for Socialism, Radical Cause and Red Flag Party as well as Project Venezuela, A New Era, Justice First and For Social Democracy (“PODEMOS”) according to an Inter Press Service news report of 27th April 2010.
In its first electoral outing the Democratic Unity Roundtable as a united opposition improved their tally of seats dramatically and took 64 of the 167 seats in the National Assembly with 47.2% of the vote.
On 12th February 2012 the Democratic Unity Roundtable held an open primary at which more than three million Venezuelans took part to select a presidential candidate. The successful candidate was
Henrique Capriles Radonski of the Justice Front and he will be their presidential candidate in the 7th October 2012 presidential election.