Year of Origin
1.01 year of origin
and 1.02 name changes
- 1947, AC7
- 0, AC9
- Where 1946 is coded, it
seems to be explained by the fact that the RDA was formed
in 1946, but the Guinean branch, the PDG, was not formed
until the following year, 1947. The name has remained
unchanged. There is an occasional reference to the RDA
instead of the PDG but this is not the recognized name of
the party at present.
- 1.03 organizational
- 8, AC6
- All of the literature in
the file indicates that there were no splits or mergers.
However, Thomas Hodgkins book, African Political
Parties, contains an appendix which explicitly states
that there was one merger in 1958 at which time the
Democratic Socialists (DSG) and the Bloc Africain de
Guinee (BAG) were merged with the PDG.
- 1.04 leadership
- 11, AC5
- When the PDG was
founded, it was under the leadership of Madeira Keita. In
1952, Sekou Toure became secretary-general of the party
and remained its leader throughout our time period.
Because there is no information on the process of his
succession to leadership, the variable is coded midway
between Covert and overt processes.
- 1.05 legislative
- Instability is 1.08,
- The PDG was
unrepresented in the territorial assembly until the 1957
election, when the party won 57 of 60 seats. By 1959, the
PDG controlled all the seats in the
- 1.06 electoral
- Instability is .49,
- Elections were held in
1951, 1954, 1956, 1957, and 1958. The proportion of votes
won by the PDG grew from 14 percent in 1951 to 77 percent