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The Social Democrat Pary (PSD - Partido Social-Democrata) is the
previous ruling party, won two absolute majorities in the ’80s and in the
beginning of the ’90s. Ideologically, it is a liberal-conservative party,
but was able to congregate the vast majority of the right-wing votes.
Appeared shortly after the revolution of 1974 as Popular Democratic Party
(PPD - Partido Popular Democrático). For a while the two names
coexisted. The flag remains the same since the beginning (except for the
change from PPD to PPD-PSD and then to PSD): an orange field with 3
overlapping curved arrows (in black, red and white) ranging from lower
right to upper center and the initials of the party in white in the right.
For a while the first ’P’ came in black. The initials are written in italic.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Sep 1997
Orange in actual flags vary from a very bright and light shade to near red.
Jorge Candeias, 22 Feb 2001
The flags currently in use replaced the “fat” white lettering that can be seen in these images with a thinner and more “stylish” black lettering. Jorge Candeias, 21 Feb 2001
I’ve seen this flag of the local Madeiran PSD
with slight differences from the national, namely the word "Madeira" below
the acronym in black letters.
Jorge Candeias, 19 Feb 2001
The dominant political party on the island is
PPD/PSD (conservative). The flag is hoisted mainly (and very frequently)
on private houses and even used as a scarecrow in the crops. It is the
first time that I see a political flag used that way...
I have found it incredible to see all of these party flags
hoisted everywhere. At first sight, I thougt it was a marxist-leninist
local party. There were houses with two to five flags hoisted everywhere
possible. In a bar, I even saw a picture of a football team with the
party logo on the players’ shirts.
Ivan Sache, 18 Feb 2001 and 20 Feb 2001