Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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|Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Hrvatska demokratska zajednica Bosne i Hercegovine|
|Founded||18 August 1990|
|Headquarters||Kneza Domagoja b. b.,
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Membership (2014)||35,000|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|Assembly of RS|
The Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian: Hrvatska demokratska zajednica Bosne i Hercegovine or HDZ BiH) is the largest political party of Bosnian Croats. It is an observer member of the European People's Party (EPP).
The party was formed on 18 August 1990, at the first party convention held in Sarajevo, and it participated in all multiparty elections held in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1991. It regularly won support of the Croat electorate up to 2000, and took part in forming the government. It returned to power in 2002, where it remained until 2010.
In the October 2002 Bosnian general election the party was part of the Croatian Coalition (Koalicija) which won 9.5% of the popular vote and five out of 42 seats in the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina and 16 out of 140 seats in the House of Representatives of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 2006 the party joined the Croatian People's Assembly, an alliance of Bosnian Croat political parties, along with the Croatian Party of Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croat People's Union.
The party has had two splinter factions so far:[when?]
- New Croatian Initiative (Nova hrvatska inicijativa or NHI), led by Krešimir Zubak
- Croatian Democratic Union 1990 (Hrvatska demokratska zajednica 1990 or HDZ 1990), led by Božo Ljubić
- Davorin Perinović (1990)
- Stjepan Kljuić (1990–92)
- Milenko Brkić (1992)
- Mate Boban (1992–94)
- Dario Kordić (1994–95)
- Božo Rajić (1995–98)
- Ante Jelavić (1998–2002)
- Bariša Čolak (2002–05)
- Dragan Čović (2005–)
- Jeff Haynes; Anja Hennig. Religious Actors in the Public Sphere: Means, Objectives, and Effects.
- "Prijedlog HDZ-a BiH: četiri federalne jedinice - jedna s hrvatskom većinom" (in Croatian). Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- Official website (Croatian)