United Democratic Christians
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The party was founded by Giovanni Mongiello, formerly a Christian Democrat, who had been Under-Secretary of Agriculture in the second Prodi government, by a split from the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) in 2004. Mongiello and his followers were mostly former members of the United Christian Democrats, who had opposed the merger into of their party into the new grouping. Mongiello had been President of the Party of Christian Democracy until 2005, before launching his own party.