Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party

The Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party (Italian: Partito Democratico Cristiano Sammarinese, PDCS) is a Christian-democratic[1] political party in San Marino.

Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party
Partito Democratico Cristiano Sammarinese
LeaderGian Carlo Venturini
Founded9 April 1948; 76 years ago (1948-04-09)
Preceded bySammarinese People's Party (not official)
HeadquartersVia delle Scalette 6 -
San Marino
IdeologyChristian democracy[1]
Political positionCentre[2][3]
European affiliationEuropean People's Party (observer)
International affiliationCentrist Democrat International[4]
Italian counterpartDemocratic Party (The Populars)
Colours    Blue and white
  Light blue (customary)
Grand and General Council
21 / 60
Party logo for the 2008 election with the logos of EPS and AL

The PDCS is an observer member of the European People's Party (EPP), having joined the EPP in 1993.[5] Its Italian counterpart was the now-dissolved Christian Democracy. Its internal left-wing faction left in 2006 to form the Centre Democrats and was joined by the social democrats of Arengo and Freedom. It is led by Giovanni Lonfernini, a former Captain-Regent.

In the 2006 general election PDCS won 32.9% of the vote and 21 out of 60 seats in the Grand and General Council. The party stood in opposition to the 2006-2008 governing political coalition of Party of Socialists and Democrats, Popular Alliance and United Left.

For the 2008 general election the party was part of the Pact for San Marino coalition and gave hospitality in its list to some candidates of the Euro-Populars for San Marino and Arengo and Freedom. The electoral coalition won 35 seats out of 60 in the Grand and General Council in the Sammarinese parliamentary election, 2008 gaining 54.22% of the national vote and a governmental majority of 5, becoming the new government of San Marino. The Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party which itself gained 22 seats (a few of which went to Euro-Populars for San Marino and Arengo and Freedom) out of the 35 coalition and gained 31.90% of the national vote. Ernesto Benedettini became one of the two Joint Captains Regent of San Marino.

A political crisis in 2011 dissolved the old majority, and the PDCS formed a government of national unity with the Party of Socialists and Democrats, whose predecessors worked with the PDCS for decades, so restoring a political formula which led San Marino, and Italy, during the second half of the 20th century. The new alliance, San Marino Common Good, won the Sammarinese election of 2012, PDCS obtaining 21 seats together with their electoral running-mates, We Sammarinese.

References edit

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "San Marino". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ "San Marino". Freedom in the World 2003. Freedom House.
  3. ^ Turner, Barry, ed. (2013). "San Marino". The Stateman's Yearbook 2014: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 1062. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-59643-0. ISBN 978-1-349-59643-0. ISSN 0081-4601.
  4. ^ "Parties". IDC-CDI. 2022. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  5. ^ Thomas Jansen; Steven Van Hecke (2011). At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 358. ISBN 978-3-642-19414-6.

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