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Christian Democratic Party (Political party, Slovenia)

Krščansko demokratska stranka - KDS

Last modified: 2011-12-24 by ivan sache
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Flag of KDS - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 7 June 2011

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Presentation of KDS

The Christian Democratic Party (Krščansko demokratska stranka - KDS) is a minor center-right political party. It was founded only one month before the September 2008 parliamentary elections, when a disgruntled faction of New Slovenia - Christian People's Party (NSi) members defected to a tiny regional party in the Littoral called Kresnica ("Firefly"), due to what they saw as a lack of ideological purity. NSi had for four years been the junior partner in a governing coalition with the secular-right SDS, and the dissidents felt it had become too subservient to the senior partner and had compromised its values.

The August 2008 foundation was technically merely the renaming of Kresnica to the more impressive Christian Democratic Party, a name meant to echo the earlier Christian Democrats of Slovenia (Slovenski krščanska demokrati - SKD), a sucessful major party founded in 1989 which governed in 1992-94 and (after a hasty, uneasy merger with SLS) for a few months in 2000, before most of its diehards defected to form NSi.
In the ensuing 2008 election the newly-minted KDS won only 4724 votes (out of a million or so cast) for 0.45% of the total and zero seat; the rump NSi received seven times more votes, though still not enough to reach Parliament.

The party is somewhat more conservative than the NSi, being (for ex.) firmly against gambling and gay rights. Despite having nearly the same name it does not have legal continuity with the original Christian Democrats of Slovenia, of which the SLS (through the ill-fated merger) is the legal sucessor and NSi the spiritual one, naturally occasioning a legal dispute. Lately the party appears to have gone defunct; its website is down and there is no trace of political activity.

Eugene Ipavec, 4 August 2010

Flag of KDS

The flag of KDS is described in Article 3 of the party's Statutes, as follows:

The party has a logo, flag and seal.
The party logo is the acronym "KDS" in capital letters of the font "Verdana, bold, italic" in blue (RGB 0, 46, 230). In black and white print the logo is black.
The party flag is a rectangle with sides in proportions 2: 1, divided lenghtwise into two equal bands, of which the upper is white, and the lower blue (RGB 0, 46, 230).
In the upper band there is from the left in the center the acronym "KDS" in the font "Verdana, bold, italic" in blue (RGB 0, 46, 230), of a height of two-thirds of this band.

In addition to this official flag, the party also apparently used unofficial ones, at least as handwavers. They were also based on its logotype, but with extra elements and writing.

Tomislav Todorović & Eugene Ipavec, 7 June 2011