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|Formation||30 July 1961|
|Purpose|| Christian democracy |
|Andrés Pastrana Arango|
|Subsidiaries||Youth of the Centrist Democrat International|
|Affiliations|| Christian Democrat Organization of America (ODCA)|
European People's Party (EPP)
National Democratic Institute (NDI)
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The Centrist Democrat International (Spanish : Internacional Demócrata de Centro) is a Christian-democratic political international. Until 2001, it was known as the Christian Democrat International (CDI); before 1999, it was known as the Christian Democrat and People's Parties International. This earlier name is still sometimes used colloquially.
It is the primary international political group dedicated to the promotion of Christian democracy. Although it gathers parties from around the globe, its members are drawn principally from Europe and Latin America. Some of them are also members of the conservative International Democrat Union (IDU), although the CDI is closer to the continental European style conservative political centre and more communitarian than the IDU.
The organization was formed in 1961 in Santiago, Chile, as the Christian Democrat World Union, building on the legacy of other Christian democrat internationals alternative to the socialist internationals who tried to create a Christian-inspired third way. In 1982, it was renamed for the first time as the Christian Democrat International. The name was officially changed due to the participation of groups of various faiths such as the Islamic PAN of Indonesia.
In September 2001, the Leaders' Conference in Mexico City changed the organization's name to Centrist Democrat International, which kept the original abbreviation (CDI). In many Asian and African countries reference to religion was not allowed, and absent a name change, the CDI would not have been able to extend itself into Asia and Africa.
The CDI's European division is the European People's Party, currently the largest European political party. It is Latin American equivalent is the Christian Democrat Organization of America. The Democratic Party of the United States of America maintains links with CDI through the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
A youth organization of the CDI is currently being established, under the name of Youth of the Centrist Democrat International (YCDI).
Member-parties of the CDI today also tend to be members of either the ODCA or the European People's Party (EPP; successor to NEI), although it is not required. Conversely, there may also be member-parties of either the ODCA and the EPP that are not member-parties of the CDI. The CDI also maintains a relationship with the United States through the National Democratic Institute.
The CDI Executive Committee is the highest body of the organization. It consists of the president, the executive secretary, and the vice-presidents.
The current president of the CDI is Andrés Pastrana Arango of Colombia. Its Executive Secretary is MEP Antonio López-Istúriz, from Spain, who is also Secretary-General of the EPP.
The members of the executive committee are:
|Country||Party||Abbr||Government||Period of membership|
|Albania||Democratic Party of Albania||PD||in opposition|
|Algeria||National Rally for Democracy||RND||junior party in coalition|
|Andorra||New Centre||NC||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Angola||National Union for the Total Independence of Angola||UNITA||in opposition|
|Argentina||Justicialist Party||PJ||in government|
|Christian Democratic Party||PDC||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Armenia||Rule of Law||OEK||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Aruba||Aruban People's Party||AVP/PPA||in opposition|
|Belgium||Christian Democratic and Flemish||CD&V||junior party in coalition|
|Botswana||Botswana National Front||BNF||in opposition|
|Union of Democratic Forces||SDS||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Burkina Faso||Union for the Republic||UR||in opposition|
|Cambodia||National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful, and Cooperative Cambodia||FUNCINPEC||in opposition|
|Cambodian People's Party||CPP||in government|
|Cape Verde||Movement for Democracy||MPD||in government|
|Chile||Christian Democratic Party||PDC||in opposition|
|National Renewal||RN||in government||Since 2018|
|Republic of China||Chinese Nationalist Party||KMT||in opposition|
|Colombia||Colombian Conservative Party||PCC||in government|
|Democratic Center||CD||in government|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Movement for the Liberation of the Congo||MLC||in opposition|
|Costa Rica||Social Christian Unity Party||PUSC||in opposition|
|Croatia||Croatian Democratic Union||HDZ||in government|
|Cuba||Christian Liberation Movement||MCL||in opposition|
|Christian Democratic Party of Cuba||PDCC||in opposition|
|Curaçao||National People's Party||NVP/PNP||in opposition|
|Cyprus||Democratic Rally||DISY||in government|
|Czech Republic||Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party||KDU–ČSL||in opposition|
|Denmark||Christian Democrats||KD||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Dominican Republic||Social Christian Reformist Party||PRSC||in opposition|
|Ecuador||Christian Democratic Union||UDC||in opposition|
|El Salvador||Christian Democratic Party||PDC||in opposition|
|France||The Republicans||LR||in opposition|
|Gabon||Gabonese Democratic Party||PDG||in government|
|Georgia||European Georgia||EG||in opposition|
|Germany||Christian Democratic Union||CDU||senior party in coalition|
|Greece||New Democracy||ND||in government|
|Guinea-Bissau||Party for Social Renewal||PRS||in opposition|
|Equatorial Guinea||Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea||APGE||in opposition|
|Hungary||Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Alliance||FIDESZ||in government|
|Indonesia||National Awakening Party||PKB||in government|
|Ireland||Fine Gael||FG||in government|
|Italy||Union of the Centre||UdC||in opposition|
|Ivory Coast||Rally of the Republicans||RDR||in government|
|Kenya||Wiper Democratic Movement – Kenya||WDM-K||in opposition|
|Lebanon||Lebanese Forces||LF - Chrisitan Resistance||in opposition|
|Malawi||Malawi Congress Party||MCP||in government|
|Malta||Nationalist Party||PN||in opposition|
|Mauritania||Union for Democracy and Progress||UDP||junior party in coalition|
|Union for the Republic||UR||in government|
|Mexico||National Action Party||PAN||in opposition|
|Morocco||Istiqlal Party||in opposition|
|Mozambique||Democratic Movement of Mozambique||MDM||in opposition|
|Netherlands||Christian Democratic Appeal||CDA||junior party in coalition|
|Norway||Christian People's Party||KrF||junior party in coalition|
|Panama||People's Party||PP||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Paraguay||Christian Democratic Party||PDC||in opposition|
|Peru||Christian People's Party||PPC||extraparliamentary opposition|
|Philippines||Struggle of Democratic Filipinos||LDP||junior party in coalition|
|Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats||Lakas||junior party in coalition|
|Portugal||Social Democratic Party||PSD||in opposition|
|Romania||Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party||PNȚ-CD||extraparliamentary opposition|
|National Liberal Party||PNL||senior party in coalition|
|People's Movement Party||PMP||extraparliamentary support|
|Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania||RMDSZ||junior party in coalition||Since 2018|
|San Marino||Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party||PDCS||in opposition|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Independent Democratic Action||ADI||in government|
|Senegal||Centrist Union of Senegal||UCS||junior party in government|
|Bloc des centristes Gaïndé||BCG||in opposition|
|Slovenia||New Slovenia||NSi||junior party in coalition|
|Slovenian Democratic Party||SDS||senior party in coalition|
|Spain||People's Party||PP||in opposition|
|Sweden||Christian Democrats||KD||in opposition|
|Ukraine||Christian Democratic Union||KhDS||in opposition|
|Uruguay||National Party||PN||in government|
|Venezuela||Christian Social Party 'Copei'||COPEI||in opposition|
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