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Democrat Party (East Timor)

Partido Democrático

Last modified: 2023-11-25 by zachary harden
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PD flag image by Antonio Martins, 22 September 2001
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Description of the Flag

The 2007 elections official leaflet [t9l07] shows essentially the same flag as before; a very slightly changed logo, with thinner initials, and much thicker cross and saltire in the background.
António Martins, 07 September 2007

This news photo online shows yet another variant, with thinner, serif "PD" letters, and medium thick saltire-cross. The location is most authoritative, behind the party leader and a supported presidential candidate, but variation is common even within officially issued flags, posters and other material.
António Martins, 07 September 2007

The flag of P.D. is dark blue (though the shade may vary) with a white cross and a white saltire, both throughout (a British influence?); overall, the party logo on a white disc. This shows a 3D wooden poll-box and "PD" in large red letters; arched around this, also in red letters, "Partido Democrático" above, and "Hanoin - Hari’i - Hametin" (spelling unsure and meaning unknown by me; language is undoubtedly Tetum). The ratio seems to be longer than 2:3.
António Martins, 22 September 2001

On this photo, posted to Facebook in 2015 by the Max Stahl Centre,a crowd waving flags in East Timor — the national flag and the flag of Partido Democrático. The latter is showing its illegible reverse.
António Martins, 28 October 2023

Presentation of P.D.

According to a political analyst (Adelino Gomes: “A Força da Bandeira e os Desafios da Vitória” Público 2001.09.07: 3), «What are PD and ASDT, but different divisions of the same independentist family? »…« PD as the symbol of a new generation, urban and academic, which, inspired by Xanana’s ideological aggiornamento, herald of the jointing to the independentist cause of all sectors of the Timorese society, brought the struggle torch to the universities in Bali and Java and to the foreign embassies in Jakarta.»
António Martins, 22 September 2001

In the 2007.06.02 elections P.D. got 46 946 votes (11.30%), recieving 8 of 65 seats in the parliament.
António Martins, 07 September 2007

P.D. got 31 680 votes in the 2001.08.30 elections (8,72%), receiving 7 of 88 seats in the parliament — even if P.D. got only 15% of Fretilin’s result, it got to be the second party in these elections, closely followed by P.S.D. and A.S.D.T. P.D. was created in 2000 by young members of former Renintil (student resistance). During the 2001.08 election campaign, historical leader Xanana Gusmão’s sympathy towards this party was evident. P.D. had the majority of the votes in one of the 13 districts, Aileu.
António Martins, 22 September 2001