1. All citizens shall have the right to form political parties and to participate in them, competing democratically for the formation of the will of the people and the organization of political power, under the terms of the Constitution and of the law.
2. The formation of political parties, as well as the merging and coalition thereof, shall be free, not requiring authorization, under the terms of the Constitution and of the law.
3. Political parties may not use names that, directly or indirectly, identify with any part of the national territory or any church, religion or religious confession or that could evoke the name of a person or of an institution.
4. Political parties may also not use emblems, symbols and abbreviations that may be the same as, or confused with, national or municipal symbols.
5. The formation of parties shall be prohibited for those that:
a) Have a regional or local scope or are in pursuit of programmatic goals of the same scope;
b) Intend to use subversive or violent means to achieve their purposes;
c) Have armed force or a paramilitary nature.
6. Political parties must respect the independence, national unity, territorial integrity of the country, democratic regime, multi-partisanship, rights, freedoms and fundamental guarantees of the human person.
7. Political parties shall be governed by the principles of democratic organization and expression, and with the approval of the respective programs and statutes and the periodic election of holders of posts in national organs of management, shall be held directly by their members or by an assembly representative among them.
8. Political parties may only be dismantled under force by judicial decision based on serious violation of the provisions of the Constitution or of the law.
9. The law shall regulate the formation, organization, merging, coalition and the dismantling of political parties and shall define, inter alia, the regime its funding and accountability, as well as the benefits and facilities to be granted to them by the State and other public authorities. (Art. 57)