People's Democratic Party (Spain)

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People's Democratic Party
Partido Demócrata Popular
FounderÓscar Alzaga
Founded21 July 1982
Dissolved4 June 1989
Split fromUnion of the Democratic Centre
Merged intoPeople's Party
IdeologyChristian democracy[1]
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party

The People's Democratic Party (Spanish: Partido Demócrata Popular, PDP), renamed as Christian Democracy (Spanish: Democracia Cristiana, DC) from March 1988 until it merged into the People's Party in June 1989,[2] was a Christian-democratic political party in Spain.


Logo between 1988 and 1989.

In August 1982, 13 deputies under the leadership of Óscar Alzaga split from the Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) and founded the PDP, entering into alliance with the People's Alliance (AP), which received the second largest number of votes in the 1982 and 1986 general elections. The party President was Óscar Alzaga until 1987, then Javier Rupérez led the party into a merger with AP and PL. Jaime Mayor Oreja, subsequently a leading PP politician, was a leading member of PDP.

The PDP was a member of the European People's Party from 1986 onwards.[3]

In 1988, the party was renamed as "Christian Democracy" (Democracia Cristiana). In 1989, the party, along with the Popular Alliance and the Liberal Party (PL), merged with others to create the new People's Party (PP).[4][5]

Electoral performance[edit]

Cortes Generales[edit]

Cortes Generales
Election Congress Senate Leading candidate Status in legislature
Votes % # Seats +/– Seats +/–
1982 Within AP–PDP
15 / 350
10 / 208
10 Óscar Alzaga Opposition
1986 Within AP–PDP–PL
21 / 350
11 / 208
1 Óscar Alzaga Opposition

European Parliament[edit]

European Parliament
Election Votes % # Seats +/– Leading candidate
1987 170,866 0.89% 12th
0 / 60
Javier Rupérez

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Matuschek, Peter (2004), "Who Learns from Whom?: The Failure of Spanish Christian Democracy and the Success of the Partido Popular", Christian Democratic Parties in Europe since the End of the Cold War, Leuven University Press, p. 246
  2. ^ "The PDP begins to disappear today to give way to the Christian Democracy". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 1988-03-04.
  3. ^ Thomas Jansen; Steven Van Hecke (2011). At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 51. ISBN 978-3-642-19414-6.
  4. ^ "La Democracia Cristiana se integra en el Partido Popular por mayoría absoluta". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 5 June 1989. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  5. ^ "El PP cobrará desde septiembre 36 millones mensuales de la Democracia Cristiana". El País (in Spanish). 4 June 1989. Retrieved 31 July 2015.

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