Christian Democratic People’s Party

Published 17th March, 2014

The Christian Democratic People’s Party or KDNP was founded in 1989, or as the party would have it, re-founded. The party claims to be able to trace its history back to the United Christian Party (EKP) which was formed in 1937. The party describes itself as Right wing and believes in Christian democracy, National conservatism and Social conservatism.

In the first democratic elections after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990 the KDNP won 21 of the 386 seats to the Országgyűlés or National Assembly. After the election it joined a three party coalition led by the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF).

Unlike the MDF, which was badly mauled in 1994, the KDNP went on to win 22 seats but was subsequently weakened by a series of defections, including losing ten of its parliamentary party to Fidesz in 1997.

In 1998 the KDNP failed to win any seats and again in 2002 they went empty handed despite having formed an alliance with the Centre Party under the title ‘Alliance for Hungary’. In 2005, after a period of internal turmoil, the KDNP entered into an electoral alliance with Fidesz. As a result the two parties fought on the same ticket and in the 2006 election the KDNP won 23 of the 164 seats won by the Fidesz-KDNP alliance, but remained in opposition.

In 2010 KDNP won 36 of the 262 seats won in alliance with Fidesz and once more were part of a coalition government.

In the European Parliament the Christian Democratic People’s Party is part of the European People’s Party (EPP) and has one of the 22 national seats.

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