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