Unitary Democratic Coalition
The Unitary Democratic Coalition (Portuguese: CDU – Coligação Democrática Unitária, PCP–PEV) is an electoral and political coalition between the Portuguese Communist Party (Portuguese: Partido Comunista Português or PCP) and the Ecologist Party "The Greens" (Portuguese: Partido Ecologista "Os Verdes" or PEV). The coalition also integrates the political movement Democratic Intervention (Portuguese: Intervenção Democrática or ID).
|Leader||Jerónimo de Sousa|
|Preceded by||United People Alliance|
|Headquarters||Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes 3, 1600-019 Lisboa|
|Youth wing||Juventude CDU|
c. 6,000 (PEV)
|Political position||Left-wing to far-left|
|European Parliament group||European United Left–Nordic Green Left (PCP)|
Greens–European Free Alliance (PEV)
|Colours||Blue and green |
|Assembly of the Republic|
12 / 230
2 / 21
1 / 104
19 / 308
112 / 3,058
Since the beginning of the coalition, the member parties have never participated separately in any election. The Communist Party is the major force inside it and has the majority of places in the electoral lists, however, the Greens also have an important presence and elected 2 members of parliament among the 17 elected by the coalition in the last legislative election. Each party has its own parliamentary group and counts as a separate party in official issues.
At a local level, the coalition usually presents lists in almost every municipality and both Communists and Greens may occupy first place on the lists. As the Greens have a smaller structure, the offices of the Communist Party are used as offices of the coalition.