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Christian Democratic Union
Християнсько-демократичний союз
Leader Dr. Volodymyr Stretovych[1][2]
Founded 1997
Headquarters Vul. B. Khmelnytskoho 3-A, UA-01001 Kyiv
Ideology Christian democracy, conservatism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International, European Christian Political Movement
Official colours White and red
Website
http://stretovych.org.ua/
Politics of Ukraine
Political parties
Elections

The Christian Democratic Union (Ukrainian: Християнсько-демократичний союз, Khrystiyansko Demokratichnyj Soyuz) is a political party in Ukraine. On December 2, 2002, in Athens, Greece the party became a member of Centrist Democrat International. It is negotiated now its associated membership in the European People's Party. The party also publishes a newspaper called Християнський демократ (Christian democrat).

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History

The Christian Democratic Union was created on February, 8, 1997 in Kiev, Ukraine, after the name Christian People's Union, to promote the ideas of European Christian democracy in Ukraine. During the Ukrainian parliamentary election, 1998 the party was part of the electoral bloc "Forward Ukraine" (Ukrainian: Виборчий блок партій "Вперед, Україно!") which won 1 (single-mandate constituency) seat.

In March 2002, the CPU in alliance Our Ukraine led by the present President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, won the parliamentary elections.

In the 4th Congress of CPU in 2003 some regional organisation of three parties united with it (Christian Democratic Party of Ukraine, Ukrainian Christian Democratic Party and All-Ukrainian Union of Christians), forming a new party on the base of CPU - Christian Democratic Union. A well-known Ukrainian lawyer, Dr. Volodymyr Stretovych became the CDU's president.

At the parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006, the party was part of the Our Ukraine alliance. It was a serious discussion in the party as to whom must it form an alliance with. Many Christian democrats thought it would be better for the Christian Democratic Union to participate in elections without any alliance. But the party united one more time with governmental alliance Our Ukraine, although it doesn't have ministries in Yulia Tymoshenko's nor in Yuri Yekhanurov's governments.

In the parliamentary elections on 30 September 2007, the party was part of the Our Ukraine alliance, that won 72 out of 450 seats.

The party supported Yulia Tymoshenko as presidential candidate in the Ukrainian presidential election, 2010.[2]

Policies

The three principles of the party are: Justice, Solidarity and Responsibility. In economy the party supports a free market on the base of private propriety and honest competition, but also an active social regulating of economy. In social politics - a right for free education and medicine, an address help to those in need. In international politics - Ukraine's membership in the European Union and NATO.

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