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Party of New Democracy (Portugal)

Partido da Nova Democracia, PND

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[Party of New Democracy (Portugal)] 2:3 image by Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 2007

This is a relativaly new party, only a few years old, originating in a splitter group of CDS-PP, the rightmost of the 4 traditional "big" parties in Portugal. The Partido da Nova Democracia (PND - Party of New Democracy) got somewhat implanted, at least amongst the voters, but never came close to electing people to anything: its 2005 electoral score (a parliamentary election) placed it in 7th place, right behind the largest of the small parties, the maoists of PCTP-MRPP, with 0,7% of the votes, making it the largest of the small right-wing parties in Portugal.
As for the symbol, its main element is a stylized drawing of a swallow, in blue. The party has a (really bad) website at which shows this symbol in a banner stating its opposition to the european constitution, which adds the words "NovaDemocracia" to the symbol in red and blue. This is also present in the flag, but I'm not sure that it's also in red and blue, because I can't see any difference between the shades of grey of "Nova" and the "D", the only letter visible in the word "Democracia". Still, since shades of grey are at best shady evidence (like the pun? ;), I decided I better GIF with the two colours.
The flag also includes a second instance of the party name below a horizontal line and the main symbol, perhaps just in case people still didn't know by now what was that flag all about. The motto seems to be to never underestimate public stupidity ;) . Now, I can't say for sure what colour this last element is, but from memory, and considering that there doesn't seem to be (again) any difference in shade between that and the rest, I'm betting blue without considering it a risc of commiting an error.
Source: photos in Público (newspaper), edition 28 August 2006 ; and in Portuguese news (Feb 2007), both provided by Jorge Candeias
Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 2007