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Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is a regional organization of liberal democratic political parties in Asia.

Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
Formation15 October 1993 (1993-10-15)
TypeRegional organization
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersTaipei, Taiwan


The Council was created on 15 October 1993, in a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan.[1] There are nine member parties, an associate member, and one party with observer status. Currently, many democrats in Asia have a relationship with CALD. CALD has also opened its membership to like-minded individuals, and regularly engages with non-member political parties from Japan and South Korea with which it shares the same democratic values. The Democratic Party of Japan is one of the examples. On the other hand, for the convenience of particular members, they also accept individual members like the situation in Hong Kong. The Democratic Party of Hong Kong is represented in CALD by Martin Lee and Sin Chung Kai. The third individual member of the CALD was Indonesia's ex-President Abdurrahman Wahid (1940–2009). Aung San Suu Kyi and Corazon Aquino (1933-2009) are honorary members of CALD.

Full members

Country Name Government Political wing
 CambodiaCambodia National Rescue Movementin exileCentre
 IndonesiaIndonesian Democratic Party of Strugglesenior party in government coalitionCentre-left
 IndonesiaNational Awakening Party[2]junior party in government coalitionCentre[3]
 MalaysiaParti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysiain governmentCentre
 MongoliaCivil Will-Green Partyextraparliamentary oppositionCentre
 PhilippinesLiberal Partyin oppositionCentre to centre-left
 SingaporeSingapore Democratic Partyextraparliamentary oppositionCentre to centre-left
 TaiwanDemocratic Progressive Partyin governmentCentre-left
 ThailandDemocrat Partyjunior party in government coalitionCentre to centre-right

Observer parties

Country Name Government Political wing
 MyanmarNational League for Democracyunder military juntaCentre to centre-left
 JapanConstitutional Democratic Party of Japan[4]in oppositionCentre to centre-left


  1. "History : CALD | Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats".
  2. "PKB Becomes Full CALD Member : CALD | Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats".
  3. "Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: A little psephology". Australia-Indonesia Centre. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  4. "List of members". Archived from the original on 13 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
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