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Unitary Democratic Coalition (Portugal)

Coligação Democrática Unitária

Last modified: 2005-12-17 by antonio martins
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[CDU flag]
image by António Martins, 18 May 1999
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Description of the flag

This image is quite accurate. The symbols are usually a little bigger, particularly the sunflower, but that’s very close. If I recall correctly, there’s an hyphen between the two acronyms on the logo.
Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999

The flag is a white background with two adjacent white squares outlined in blue, the left square enclosing the sickle and hammer of PCP in blue plus a white star fimbriated blue and the right square containing thesunflower from the Greens, with blue centre and white petals outlined in blue. Below this symbol lie the initials PCP - PEV, also in blue. Interestingly, this left-wing coalition uses the colours of… the monarchics!
Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999

The letters came in the typeface "Ottawa", the Microsoft aka-name for "Optima", aka "Humanist 512".
António Martins, 18 May 1999

The change from the previous flag to the twin logo happend when the portuguese parliament passed a law stating that political party coalitions could not use any other logo than the logos of the constituent parties, which was made so to force the communists to use their own acronym and symbol in the elections.
António Martins, 18 May 1999, and Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999

Presentation of C.D.U.

Coalition of the Portuguese Communist Party and the Ecologist Party “The Greens”. (By the way, no relation with german C.D.U., this is a communist organization!)
António Martins, 18 May 1999

Previous flag

A previous flag had the coalition’s own symbol (three white hexagons pointing up thickly fimbriated blue, 1+2) on a white background, supposedly with lettering "CDU" or "CDU — Coligação Democrática Unitária".
António Martins, 18 May 1999

If I recall correctly, both versions of lettering where used, and it (the lettering) was always there. Sometimes an arrangement of “graffiti-style” red and green lines was added.
Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999

APU - United People Alliance

Before that, C.D.U. used as symbol three chain links likned toghether, green, red, green, on white background. Then this coalition had one more member (M.D.P.-C.D.E.) and it was called rather APU (Aliança “Povo Unido”); technically it was a different coalition, but in practice it is all the same, just another name for the Portuguese Communist Party (the other parties are quite small).
António Martins, 18 May 1999

FEPU - United People Elections Front

And even before, it used the name "FEPU" (Frente Eleitoral “Povo Unido”) and the rings where thick hollow lozenges in the same colours. I’m not sure if the change of name corresponded in time to the change of symbol.
Jorge Candeias, 20 May 1999