United People Alliance


The United People Alliance (Portuguese: Aliança Povo Unido or APU) was an electoral and political coalition between the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Portuguese Democratic Movement (MDP-CDE). After 1983, the Ecologist Party "The Greens" also joined.

United People Alliance

Aliança Povo Unido
LeaderÁlvaro Cunhal
Founded14 April 1978
Dissolved1987
Preceded byElectoral Front United People
Succeeded byDemocratic Unity Coalition
IdeologyCommunism
Marxism–Leninism
Green politics
Eco-socialism
Member partiesPortuguese Communist Party
Portuguese Democratic Movement
Ecologist Party "The Greens"

The coalition was formed in 1978 in order to run for the next legislative election and split up after the breakaway and implosion of the MDP-CDE in 1987. After that, the PCP started to run in coalition with the Ecologist Party "The Greens" in the Democratic Unity Coalition.

Electoral results achieved by APU


Assembly of the Republic

Election Assembly of the Republic Government Size Notes
Votes  % ±pp Seats won +/−
1979 1,121,374 19.0% 4.61
47 / 250
7 Opposition 3rd New coalition. Variation in votes and seats from PCP.
1980 1,000,975 17.0% 2.0
41 / 250
6 Opposition 3rd
1983 1,024,475 18.2% 1.2
44 / 250
3 Opposition 3rd
1985 893,216 15.6% 2.6
38 / 250
6 Opposition 4th

Local elections

Election Local elections Size Notes
Votes  % ±pp Seats won +/
1979 1,021,486 20.5% 2.8
316 / 1,900
48 3rd New coalition. Variation in votes and seats from FEPU.
1982 1,061,492 20.7% 0.2
316 / 1,909
0 2nd
1985 942,147 19.4% 1.3
303 / 1,975
3 3rd