Democratic League/Movement for the Labour Party

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The Democratic League/Movement for the Labour Party (Ligue Démocratique/Mouvement pour le Parti du Travail) is a political party in Senegal. The congress of the General Union of Senegalese Students Probationary Teachers in Europe held in April 1975 provoked a split on behalf of the students of PAI. The students, who went on to form LD, wanted a more radical Marxist-Leninist party. Beginning in 1978 one tendency led by Moussa Kane of takes contact with the PAI of Majhmout Diop. On March 29 Kane and his followers joined the legal PAI. LD founded the monthly magazine Vérité. LD was recognized as a legal political party on July 9, 1981. After legalization it started publishing Fagaru. In the late 1970s, LD started advocating the unification of the Marxist left in Senegal to a unitary party (they proposed the name Parti Sénégalais du Travail). Thus it later changed its name to LD/MPT. The LD/MDT won three seats in the 1993 parliamentary election and joined the Socialist Party-led government in June 1993, during the presidency of Abdou Diouf. The party held two positions in the government. It left the government following the May 1998 parliamentary election, in which it again won three

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