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Party of Democratic Socialism

The Party of Democratic Socialism (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus, PDS) is a socialist political party in Germany.

The PDS is the legal successor of the Socialist Unity Party (SED) (the communist party of the GDR). Established in December 1989 by renaming itself from SED first to SED-PDS, then to PDS, it renounced most of the extreme aspects of SED policy while retaining much of its ideology.

In the first all-German elections in December 1990, the PDS gained 10% of the vote in the former GDR and 17 seats in the Bundestag. In October 1994, the PDS won four directly elected seats, to re-enter parliament with a total caucus of 30 seats despite staying below the 5% hurdle for proportional representation. In 1998, the party improved its result slightly to 5.1% of the national vote and 36 deputies. In the 2002 election, the PDS stayed below 5% and won only two direct deputies, the only PDS members of parliament.

The current chairwoman is Gabi Zimmer. Some well-known members of the PDS are Gregor Gysi[?] and Hans Modrow[?].


In fact, a common joke is that PDS doesn't really stand for Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus but rather Praktisch die selben ("Practically the same").

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