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People’s Monarchic Party (Portugal)

Partido Popular Monárquico

Last modified: 2005-12-17 by antonio martins
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[PPM flag]
image by Vincent Morley, 14 Oct 1999
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White over blue, 3:1, with the letters "PPM" in white on the blue stripe and the party’s emblem in blue on the white stripe. Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999

There are two variants of this flag shown in As Paredes na Revolução, a book about Portuguese political murals which I bought when I was in Lisbon some years ago. One variant is a blue flag, with a large white trident in the hoist and the letters "PPM" in white in the lower fly. The second is divided horizontally white over blue, the white stripe about twice as wide as the blue. A blue trident is centred in the white stripe and "PPM" in white is centred in the blue stripe.

But what is the connection between the Portuguese monarchists and the trident? (I always thought it was the Greek letter psi but I couldn’t guess why it was used.)
Vincent Morley, 7 Sep 1997

The flag of PPM is very seldom seen, but a modern rendition of the pre-1910 portuguese national flag appears in great numbers whenever the monarchics get together.
Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 1998

Presentation of P.P.M.

The People’s Monarchic Party (PPM - Partido Popular Monárquico) is our only monarchic party. It’s a very small conservative party, that joined PPD and CDS in the AD coalition I mentioned before, and was capable of electing some members of parliament during that time. Later, became the first ecological party in Portugal. I don’t know if they still exist. Their flag is (evidentely) in blue and white: a white field with a blue trident and "PPM" also in blue above the trident.
Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997

During the recent Portuguese general election campaign, and I happened to see a broadcast on behalf of PPM in which the speaker was flanked by the flag of the party and, perhaps more interestingly, by the older blue and white Portuguese flag.
Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999

It should be said that PPM is now a very small group and it failed to win any seats in the recent elections.
Vincent Morley, 14 Oct 1999