Christian Democratic Movement

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Christian Democratic Movement
Leader Ján Figeľ
Founded 1990
Headquarters Bratislava
Ideology Christian democracy[1][2]
Social conservatism[3]
Political position Centre-right[4][5]
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International (observer)
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colours White, red, blue (Colours of the Slovak flag)
National Council
16 / 150
European Parliament
2 / 13
Self-governing regions
0 / 8
Regional parliaments
57 / 408
Politics of Slovakia
Political parties

The Christian Democratic Movement (Slovak: Kresťanskodemokratické hnutie, KDH) is a Christian democratic[6] political party in Slovakia. KDH is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and observer of the Centrist Democrat International.

The party was established in 1990. In the 1990s it was led by Ján Čarnogurský and then since 2000 by Pavol Hrušovský. Currently, it is led by Ján Figeľ.

The KDH is represented in the parliament. It was also member of the government coalition, but it left that coalition on 7 February 2006 due to disputes over an international treaty between Slovakia and the Holy See dealing with the Conscientious objection on religious grounds.

In the parliamentary election of 17 June 2006, the party won 8.3% of the popular vote and 14 out of 150 seats.

Four prominent parliamentary members (František Mikloško, Vladimír Palko, Rudolf Bauer and Pavol Minárik) left the party on 21 February 2008 due to their dissatisfaction with the party, its leadership and its policies, and founded the Conservative Democrats of Slovakia in July.

In the 2012 parliamentary election, KDH received 8.82% of the vote, placing it the second-largest party in the National Council with 16 deputies, leaving it the largest opposition party to the ruling Direction – Social Democracy.

In the 2014 European elections, KDH came second place nationally, receiving 13.21% of the vote and electing 2 MEPs.[7]

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  1. ^ Bakke, Elisabeth (2010), "Central and East European party systems since 1989", Central and Southeast European Politics Since 1989 (Cambridge University Press): 80 
  2. ^ Magone, José M. (2009), Comparative European Politics, Taylor & Francis, p. 364 
  3. ^ Bodnárova, Bernardína (2006), "Social Policy", Slovakia 2005: A Global Report on the State of Society (Institute for Public Affairs): 307 
  4. ^ Henderson, Karen (1999), "Minorities and Politics in the Slovak Republic", Minorities in Europe: Croatia, Estonia and Slovakia (Cambridge University Press): 150 
  5. ^ Bunce, Valerie; Wolchik, Sharon L. (2011), Defeating Authoritarian Leaders in Postcommunist Countries, Cambridge University Press, p. 64 
  6. ^ José Magone (26 August 2010). Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction. Routledge. pp. 456–. ISBN 978-0-203-84639-1. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
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