International Democrat Union


International Democrat Union

The International Democrat Union (IDU) is an center-right of conservative, Christian-democratic and Liberal-conservative political parties.

Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organizational interest, in order that they might act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies across the globe. The group was founded by several prominent heads of state and government, including Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher, then-Vice President of the United States George H.W. Bush [ [http://www.idu.org/founder.aspx IDU: International Democrat Union - Founder] ] , Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl and then-Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac.

At present, the organization, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and comprising 45 full or associate members, is chaired by John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007.

The IDU is subdivided in several regional sections—the Democrat Union of Africa, Unión de Partidos Latinoamericanos (UPLA), Asia Pacific Democrat Union, Caribbean Democrat Union, and both the European People's Party & European Democrat Union —in addition to the International Young Democrat Union and International Women's Democrat Union.

Full member parties

* AUS - Liberal Party of Australia ("LP")
* AUT - Austrian People's Party ("Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP")
* AZE - National Independence Party of Azerbaijan ("Azərbaycan Milli İstiqlal Partiyası, NIPA")
* BGR - Union of Democratic Forces (Bulgaria) ("Saiuz na demokratichnite sili")
* CAN - Conservative Party of Canada ("CPC, Parti conservateur du Canada")
* ROC - Kuomintang of China ("Zhong-guo Guo-min-dang, KMT")
* CHL -
**Independent Democrat Union ("Union Democrata Independiente, UDI")
**National Renewal Party ("Partido Renovacion Nacional, RN")
* COL - Conservative Party of Colombia ("Partido Conservador Colombiano, PCC")
* HRV - Croatian Democratic Union ("Hrvatska demokratska zajednica, HDZ")
* CYP - Democratic Rally ("Dimokratikos Synagermos, DISY")
* CZE - Civic Democratic Party ("Obcanska demokraticka strana, ODS")
* DNK - Conservative People's Party ("Det Konservative Folkeparti, KFP")
* SLV - Nationalist Republican Alliance ("Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, ARENA")
* EST - Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica ("Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit, IRPL")
* FIN - National Coalition Party ("Kansallinen Kokoomus, KOK")
* FRA - Union for a Popular Movement ("Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, UMP")
* DEU -
**Christian Democratic Union ("Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU")
**Christian Social Union in Bavaria ("Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern, CSU")
* GRC - New Democracy ("Nea Demokratia, ND")
* HON - National Party of Honduras ("Partido Nacional de Honduras, PNH")
* HUN - Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union ("Fidesz - Magyar Polgári Szövetség, FIDESZ")
**Hungarian Democratic Forum ("Magyar Demokrata Fórum, MDF")
**Independent Smallholders, Agrarian Workers and Civic Party ("Független Kisgazda, Földmunkás és Polgári Párt, FKGP")
* KOR - Grand National Party ("Hannara, GNP")
* MLT - Nationalist Party (Malta) ("Partit Nazzjonalista, PN")
* NZL - New Zealand National Party ("NZNP")
* NOR - Conservative Party ("Høyre, H")
* PRT - Democratic and Social Center / People's Party ("Partido do Centro Democrático e Social / Partido Popular, CDS/PP"); Popular Democratic/Social Democratic Party ("Partido Popular Democrata/Partido Social Democrata, PPD/PSD")
* RUS - Union of Right Forces ("Союз Правых Сил, СПС/Soyuz Pravykh Sil, SPS")
* SRB - Democratic Party of Serbia ("Demokratska stranka Srbije, DSS")
* SVN - Slovenian Democratic Party ("Slovenska demokratska stranka, SDS")
* ESP - Popular Party ("Partido Popular, PP")
* LKA - United National Party ("UNP")
* SWE - Moderate Party ("Moderata Samlingspartiet, M")
* TZA - Party for Democracy and Progress ("Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo, CHADEMA")
* GBR - Conservative Party
* USA - Republican Party ("Rep/GOP")

Associate member parties

* BOL - Social and Democratic Power ("Poder Democrático Social, PODEMOS")
* GEO - New Conservative Party (NCP)
* GHA - New Patriotic Party
* GRD - New National Party (NNP)
* ITA - People of Freedom, Union of Christian and Centre Democrats
* LUX - Christian Social People's Party
* MNG - Democratic Party
* MOZ - Mozambique National Resistance ("Resistencia Nacional de Mocambique, RENAMO")
* NAM - Democratic Turnhalle Alliance of Namibia (DTA)
* PAR - National Republican Association – Colorado Party ("Asociación Nacional Republicana-Partido Colorado, ANR-PC")
* KNA - People's Action Movement (PAM)
* CHE - Christian Democratic People's Party
* VCT - New Democratic Party (Saint Vincent)
* JAM - Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)

Observer parties

* ARG - Justicialist Party ("Partido Justicialista, PJ")
* BIH - Party of Democratic Progress ("Partija demokratskog progresa, RS")
* GTM - Unionist Party ("Partido Unionista, PU")
* LBR - Unity Party
* SRB - G17 Plus ("G17+")

References

ee also

* Centrist Democrat International
* European People's Party

External links

* [http://www.idu.org/ IDU official website]
* [http://www.iydu.org/ IYDU official website]
* [http://www.idu.org/member.aspx IDU enumeration of constituent members]


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