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Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD)

The Dominican Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Dominicano or PRD) is one of the main political parties of the Dominican Republic. It has a left of centrist position and ideologically social democratic in name. The party's distinctive color is white.

The party was founded in 1939 by Dominican exiles in Havana, Cuba, led by Juan Bosch. It was then established in the Dominican Republic on 5 July 1961. It was the first Dominican party based on populist principles and an organization based on mass membership. Bosch was elected president in 1962 in what is generally believed to be the first honest election in the country's history. Bosch later left the party in a dispute over its ideological direction, and founded the Dominican Liberation Party.

The PRD has won the presidency three other times--in 1978 (Antonio Guzmán), 1982 (Salvador Jorge Blanco) and 2000 (Hipólito Mejía).

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Leader Miguel VARGAS
Founded 21 January 1939
Party Colour Blue and white
Ideology Social democracy,
Democratic socialism,
Left-wing populism
Political Position Centre-left
Seats in the Senate 1/32
   
Seats in Chamber of Deputies 16/190
   
Status Active
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