Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland
The Christian Democratic People's Party
: Christlich Demokratische Volkspartei (CVP)
: Parti Démocrate-Chrétien Suisse (PDC)
: Partito Popolare Democratico Svizzero (PPD)
: Partida Cristiandemocratica Svizra (PCD)
) is a centre-right initially Catholic political party
The CVP was formed in 1912 under the name Swiss Conservative People's Party (Schweizerische Konservative Volkspartei). In 1957 it changed its name to the Conservative-Christian-Social People's Party (Konservativ-Christlichsoziale Volkspartei) and to its current name in 1970.
In Valais, the national party includes two different cantonal parties.
Following continuing losses in federal parliament elections 1999 and 2003, the party lost its second seat in the Swiss Federal Council to Swiss People's Party.
*As of 2003, in office; announced 11 December 2003 not being candidate reelection in 2004.
See also: List of political parties in Switzerland