- Centre démocrate humaniste
Humanist Democratic Centre
Centre démocrate humaniste
Leader Benoît Lutgen Founded 1972 (PSC)
Preceded by PSC and CVP-PSC Headquarters National secretariat
Rue des Deux Églises, Brussels
Ideology Christian democracy Political position Centre International affiliation Centrist Democrat International European affiliation European People's Party European Parliament Group European People's Party Flemish counterpart Christian Democratic and Flemish Official colours Orange Parliament of the French Community Walloon Parliament Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region Belgian Chamber of Representatives Belgian Senate Website www.lecdh.be
The Humanist Democratic Centre (French: Centre démocrate humaniste, cdH) is a Francophone Christian democratic political party in Belgium. The cdH currently participates in the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Government of the French Community and the Walloon Government.
The PSC was officially founded in 1972. The foundation was the result of the split of the unitary Christian Social Party–Christian People's Party (PSC-CVP) into the Dutch-speaking Christian People's Party (CVP) and the French-speaking Christian Social Party (PSC), following the increased linguistic tensions after the crisis at the University of Leuven in 1968.
The PSC performed particularly badly in the 1999 general election. This was linked to several scandals, such as the escape of Marc Dutroux and the discovery of dioxine in chickens (the PSC was a coalition partner in the Dehaene government). The decline in votes was also explained by declining adherence to Catholicism. The party was confined to opposition on all levels of government.
The party started a process of internal reform. In 2001 a new charter of principles the "Charter of Democratic Humanism" was adopted and 2002 the party adopted a new constitution and a new name, Humanist Democratic Centre.
In the 2003 general election the party did not perform much better and was still confined to opposition. After the 2004 regional elections the party returned to power in Brussels, in Walloon Region and the French Community together with the Socialist Party and Ecolo in Brussels, and with the Socialist Party in Walloon Region and the French Community. The current president of the party is Joëlle Milquet.
In the 2010 general elections, the party lost 1 seat in the Chamber and kept its 2 seats in the Senate.
Results for the Chamber of Representatives, in percentages for the Kingdom of Belgium.
Its ideology is the «democratic humanism, inspired by personalism inherited notably from christian humanism», combined with a centre-left policy towards the economy, supporting state interventionism and calling for the unity of Belgium.
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