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The Democratic Left (Spanish: Izquierda Democrática, ID) was a Christian left political party in Spain. It was formed by people from the anti-Francoist opposition, like Gregorio Peces-Barba or Joaquín Ruíz-Giménez. The party had two main internal factions: the social democratic one and the Christian democratic one.

Democratic Left

Izquierda Democrática
LeaderJoaquín Ruíz-Giménez
Founded1976
Dissolved14th january 1979[1][2]
Youth wingDemocratic Left Youth
IdeologyChristian democracy
Social democracy
Christian left
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationChristian Democratic Team of the Spanish State
ColorsRed
Spanish Senate (1977-1979)
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ID was officially constituted in April 1976 at El Escorial, under the leadership of Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez and José Maria Gil-Robles. Internal differences led to a split, mainly of the more moderate sector led by Fernando Álvarez de Miranda, shortly after the party was founded. The splitters founded Christian Democratic Left, that would later join the Union of the Democratic Centre.

For the 1977 general election, the party was a member of the Federation of Christian Democracy, which was also included into the Christian Democratic Team of the Spanish State.

After the disappointing results in the Spanish general elections of 1977. ID didn't enter the Cogress, its main objective, ID got 5 senators. ID dissolved in 1979 an its members joined other parties, mainly the PSOE and UCD.

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