Convergence (Mexico)

Leader Luis Maldonado Venegas
Founded August 1, 1998 (1998-08-01)
Ideology Social democracy
Official colours orange and blue
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
8 / 500
Seats in the Senate
6 / 128
1 / 32
Politics of Mexico
Political parties

Convergence (Spanish: Convergencia) is a political party in Mexico. It was previously known as Convergence for Democracy (Spanish: Convergencia por la Democracia) but the party assembly decided, in August 2002, to adopt the shorter form of its name.

Convergence was founded as a "national political grouping" in 1997. It attained registered party status in 1999 and participated in federal elections in the 2000 general election as a component in the "Alliance for Mexico" (Alianza por México), whose (unsuccessful) presidential candidate was Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. In that election, as its part of the alliance's share, it was awarded one Senate seat and two in the Chamber of Deputies.

It fought the 2003 mid-term congressional election as an independent (unallied) party, and was rewarded with 2.3% of the popular vote and five seats in the Chamber of Deputies. As of 2004 it governed 28 municipalities in various parts of the country.

In the 2006 general election, Convergence allied itself with the PRD and PT to form the Alliance for the Good of All coalition, whose presidential candidate was Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The party won 17 out of 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 5 out of 128 Senators.

Convergence describes itself as a social democratic party. Its electoral colours are blue and orange; the party logo is a blue circle, superimposed by an orange eagle and the word Convergencia.

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