Christian Democratic Party (Czech Republic)

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Christian Democratic Party

Křesťanskodemokratická strana
Preceded byHnutí za občanskou svobodu
Merged intoCivic Democratic Party
Christian democracy
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationnone
European Parliament groupnone
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The Christian Democratic Party (Czech: Křesťanskodemokratická strana, KDS) was a christian-democratic political party in the Czech Republic, functional between 1990 (founded shortly after the Velvet Revolution) and 1996. Its first chairman was Václav Benda, the last chairman from 1993-1996 the former Minister of Education Ivan Pilip.


The KDS was established 1989/90 by a group of intellectuals and dissidents. The first congress was held in March 1990 and the former dissident Václav Benda was elected president of the new party.

In the first free Czechoslovak elections in June 1990, the party participated as part of the electoral coalition Christian Democratic Union (together with the Czechoslovak People's Party and the Slovak Christian Democratic Movement). The coalition won 8.4% of the votes and 20 seats in the Czech National Council.[1]

In the parliamentary election in 1992, it participated on a common electoral list with the governing Civic Democratic Party. The coalition won 29.7% of the vote and 76 seats in the Czech National Council.[2] The KDS became part of the first government of Václav Klaus along with the Civic Democrats (ODS and ODA) and the KDU-ČSL.

In 1996, it merged into the Civic Democratic Party.[3]

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  1. ^ "Czech Republic: Parliamentary Election 1990". European Election Database. Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Dataset: Czech Republic: Parliamentary Election 1992". European Election Database. Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Křesťanskodemokratická strana Seznam článků Křesťanskodemokratická strana , KDS". Křesťanskodemokratická strana (in Czech). Křesťanskodemokratická strana. Retrieved 29 May 2012.