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Partido Popular Democrático (PPD)
The Popular Democratic Party (Partido Popular Democrático, PPD) is a political party that advocates for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government. Founded in 1938 by dissidents from the Puerto Rican Liberal Party and the Unionist Party, and led by Luis Muñoz Marín, its founders defined the party as center-left in the ideological spectrum. In recent years however, its leaders describe the party as being centrist.

The PPD is one of the two major parties in Puerto Rico with significant political strength and currently holds the seat of the governor. It also has a simple majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives; effectively controlling both the executive and legislative branch without political opposition. The party also holds more than half of the seats of mayors in the municipalities of Puerto Rico.

The PPD is contrasted politically by the New Progressive Party (NPP) which advocates for Puerto Rico to become a state of the United States and the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) which advocates for the independence of Puerto Rico.

Party members are commonly called "populares" (English: "populars") and mostly affiliate with the Democratic Party of the United States.

On the elections held on 6 November 2012, the party regained the top offices: Alejandro García Padilla was elected governor and Carmen "Yulín" Cruz was elected as Mayor of San Juan. The party also took control of the House Of Representatives and Senate of Puerto Rico.

On the elections held on 8 November 2016, the party lost governorship, the House of Representatives and Senate of Puerto Rico. The Popular Democratic Party retained a majority of the mayoralty races in the island, with a total of 45 out of 78 municipalities. The New Progressive Party (PNP) won a total of 33.

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Leader Hector FERRER
Founded 22 July 1938
Party Colour Red
Ideology Social liberalism, liberalism, Pro-Commonwealth
Seats in the Senate 7/30
   
Seats in the House of Representatives 16/51
   
Seats in the Municipalities 45/78
   
Status Active
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Political Parties in Puerto Rico
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PARTY RESOURCES
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PPD 2012 Programa
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PPD 2008 Programa
 
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