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United People's Movement (UPM)

The United People's Movement (UPM) was a political party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The UPM was a socialist coalition formed in 1979 by Ralph Gonsalves.  The UPM was an alliance of the left-wing Youlou United Liberation Movement, founded by Gonsalves in 1974; the leftist People's Democratic Movement (PDM), founded by Parnel Campbell; and Arwee, a rural party.

The UPM first contested national elections in 1979 with 12 candidates and received 13.6% of the vote, but failed to win a seat.  Shortly before the 1984 elections, several members, including Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, left to form the more moderate Movement for National Unity (MNU) after a majority of UPM members refused to renounce the policies of Fidel Castro.  As a result, the party's vote share fell to 3.2% and it remained without a seat.  In 1989, it received just 468 votes and again failed to win a seat.  The UPM did not contest any further elections.

The party symbol of the UPM was the heart.

Also, see Democratic Freedom Movement (DFM) was a political party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Founded 1979
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Status Defunct
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